On 5 October 2017, the European Commission has published a new initiative entitled European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships. In welcoming the long-awaited initiative, ETUCE echoes the message of the European trade union movement, especially with regards to the achievement that this European Framework represents.

On the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day (5th October 2017), Spanish trade unions, ETUCE member organisations, FE.CCOO and FESP-UGT, have reclaimed this year’s World Teachers’ Day theme - “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers” as an opportunity to defend the principles of professional autonomy and empowerment as vital principles to enable teachers to carry out their profession to its fullest potential.

On the annual World Teachers Day (5th October 2017), two of the ETUCE member organisations in Greece, OLME and DOE, joined forces and took action to stand up for teachers and other education personnel. OLME and DOE organised a demonstration to make their demands heard, which include recruiting teachers on permanent contracts; two years of compulsory pre-school education; upgrade of education for children and youth with disabilities; more support for VET schools and equal rights for  teachers employed on fixed-term contracts.

07 October 2017 marks the 10th Annual World Day for Decent Work, an event used to symbolise the continued struggle to ensure decent conditions for all workers across the globe, including teachers and education personnel. ETUCE recognises that teachers are facing serious challenges in their fight for fair pay, fair working conditions and a high standard for health and safety. Whilst these may sound like basic necessities for workers, the reality is that many in the education profession do not have these necessities fulfilled by their employers.

On 25 September 2017, the Working Group meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) took place in Brussels. The meeting addressed the issues of improving Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Apprenticeship, inclusive education and the European Semester on education and training. The Working Group gathered national experts and delegates from member organisations of both the ETUCE and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE), who discussed, shared experiences and good practices on topics on the agenda.

On 5 October 2017, at the occasion of World Teachers’ Day 2017, the Education and Science Trade Union of Slovenia (ESTUS), ETUCE’s member organisation in Slovenia, is organising an extended session of its main board. This initiative aims at raising awareness on the alarming situation teachers and other education personnel are facing, with regards to deteriorating working conditions.