Last Saturday, on 22 September 2018, All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ) to which one of the ETUCE member organisations in Poland, ZNP, is affiliated, organised in Warsaw the demonstration “Poland Needs a Pay Rise” as a part of the European Campaign “Europe needs a Pay Rise”. Among other things, the main demands of the demonstration were:

At the ETUCE Conference ‘Strengthening the capacity of education trade unions to represent teachers’ professional needs in social dialogue” held in Brussels on 19-20 September 2018, ETUCE member organisations expressed their commitment to ensuring that teachers are provided with a wide range of a high quality initial and continuous professional training opportunities, as well as with an adequate early career support.

After the strike of 13 July 2018, OELMEK, POED and OLTEK, ETUCE member organisations in Cyprus, continue denouncing the unilateral decisions taken by the Cypriot government with a 48-hour strike on 18-19 September 2018. Joined by the whole school community, the education trade unions reported the success of this protest action. The action followed the ultimatum the Cypriot government had given to the unions to accept the below proposals:

This year’s OECD Education at a glance report, published 11th September 2018, focuses on equity, highlighting the significant impact of students’ socio-economic and immigrant background, as well as students’ gender, on their education and employment prospects. The report covers all 35 OECD countries, as well as other partner countries including Brazil, the Russian Federation, Argentina, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, and Lithuania.

Teachers’ professional needs are important issues to be addressed in social dialogue in the education sector. Education trade unions are key actors in protecting the right of teachers to professional development, concluded the participants of the ETUCE Public Hearing ‘Supporting teachers in the European Education Area 2025: The role of education trade unions in meeting teachers’ professional needs’ in Brussels on 19 September 2018.

More than 30 delegates representing 22 European countries attended the biannual meeting of the ETUCE Higher Education and Research Standing Committee (HERSC) which took place on 10-11 September 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. The meeting was organised with the support of the ETUCE member organisation in Estonia, UNIVERSITAS.