On 16 November 2017, the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, is due to adopt the European Pillar of Social Rights. While joining the European trade union movement’s call for the adoption of stronger Pillar of Social Rights, a commitment to implement it and the full involvement of social partners, ETUCE strongly backs the demand for a Social Progress Protocol to Restore Social Europe and improving the binding nature of the Pillar. Looking to the future, this is essential to ensure social rights are respected by all EU institutions and European countries.

ETUCE is pleased to announce that the  European Economic and Social Committee, the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) will organize a joint hearing on  “The role of teachers and school heads in improving the status of VET”.

The Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission has recently published the results on the public consultation on “Promoting social inclusion and shared EU values through formal and non-formal learning“. An ETUCE position paper was developed to guide members organisations in their participation in this survey and to influence the future Council recommendation in this regard.

We are happy to announce that The ETUCE Secretariat has recently extended its presence in social media by creating a Facebook page. You can from now on read the latest news, find out about policy issues, download the latest documents and share information with your social network in one click via Facebook.

ETUCE welcomes the recent publication of the European Fundamental Rights Agency “Professionally Speaking: Challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people”. The report underlines the role of LGBTI public officials and the importance of the protection of their fundamental rights. Key references are highlighted for LGBTI teachers and other education personnel:

On 7 November 2017, the ETUC kicks off a week of action (7-16 November) mobilising for ‘A Better Europe for Working People’. Through this action, European and national trade unions are encouraged to mobilise around the key building blocks that are needed for putting the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) into practice.