Today, on 22 February 2018, the University and College Union, UCU, one of the ETUCE member organisations in the United Kingdom, is launching a series of strikes to safeguard guaranteed pension benefits of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). “Staff, who have delivered the international excellence, universities boast of are understandably angry at efforts to slash their pensions. They feel let down by vice-chancellors who seem to care more about defending their own pay and perks than the rights of their staff.

Equality experts from ETUCE Member Organisation’s from 27 countries met in Brussels on 19-20 February 2018 for this year’s Standing Committee for Equality, under the theme of “Looking forward: Education and equality”. The Committee for Equality acts as an advisory body for the ETUCE Committee and meets once a year to exchange ideas and experiences on promotion of equal opportunities in education. This year, the meeting also served as an opportunity to prepare a Resolution on Setting the priorities to develop the ETUCE Action Plan for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion which is to be presented to the ETUCE Committee for its approval to be submitted to the upcoming ETUCE Special Conference in November.

On 15 February 2018, the fifth round table meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Capacity building project III took place in Malta. At this occasion, representatives of Malta Union of Teachers (MUT), partner to the project, as well as Maltese education employer organisations including the Ministry of Education and Employment and representatives from the Catholic Education of Malta met with EFEE and ETUCE to discuss the current state of play of social dialogue in Malta with a focus on how can social partners support teachers, trainers and school leaders.

Today, on 14 February 2018, the Education, Science and Culture Trade Union of Slovenia (ESTUS), ETUCE member organisation in Slovenia, is staging a protest action. As reported earlier, the education trade union demands the government to take concrete measures in order to, among other: improve the status of teachers, invest in professional development of teachers ensure teachers receive adequate payment for their responsible and demanding work; increase investment in education.

Today, on 14 February 2018, ETUCE member organisation, the Union of Education, Science and Culture of Kosovo (SBASHK), is organising a strike due to the absence of implementation of the six points contained in the agreement signed between SBASHK, the Assembly President of the Republic of Kosovo and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo on 5 June 2017.

Tomorrow, on 14 February 2018, the first regional strike of the planned sequence is to be held in the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drente, in the Netherlands. As reported by AOb, the current flu season plays into the hands of the PO front in staging the series of protest actions to reduce workload and increase salaries.