How can Europe best combat antigypsyism and discrimination against Roma people in education, employment and housing? The European Commission’s Report on the implementation of national Roma integration strategies finds that the most effective strategies prioritise prevention and early intervention. ETUCE calls for clearer data on public funding, because schools will need money and teachers will need training if Europe really wants to dismantle structural antigypsyism and keep Roma children in education.

Every year, on 5 October, we celebrate teachers and thank them for their hard work and positive impact. The theme of World Teachers’ Day 2019 is “Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession”. Newly-trained teachers deserve a special focus because they are particularly vulnerable to the risks for teachers’ wellbeing, which include stress, work overload and violence. Our new Online Interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools help schools assess workplace hazards and establish an action plan. 

The European Education Summit is the European Commission’s flagship event on education issues. This year’s edition was only the second. It took place in Brussels on 26 September under the slogan “Teachers first: excellence and prestige for the European Education Area”. An ETUCE delegation made sure our viewpoints were heard

The European Commission has published the 8th Education and Training Monitor, which was presented by European Commissioner for Education Tibor Navracsics at the 2nd European Education Summit. The report reveals that (pre-)primary and tertiary education are getting more funding, while secondary schools face cuts. Approximately a third of the EU’s 5.7 million teachers are 50 or older.

Our Central Asian Consortium Project in Tajikistan brings together Иттифоки Касабаи Маориф (TUESWRT) and Sweden’s Lärarförbundet to train a new generation of teacher activists. TUESWRT, Lärarförbundet and ETUCE are working together to train grassroots trade union leaders in Tajikistan. The project’s mid-term conference gave us two days of dynamic and interactive discussions, and the project partners are energised for the next phase!

The Independent Trade Union of Primary Education Workers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an ETUCE member organisation, was campaigning to push authorities in Una-Sana Canton to follow a collective agreement they had already signed. The union was left with no option but a general strike. This forced the employer to back down and eventually comply with clauses of the collective agreement at the end of September 2019.