ETUCE member organisation in Italy, FLC-CGIL, recently released the results of a research conducted together with a network of temporary workers in Bologna shading light on the working conditions of around 26.000 temporary professors (professori a contratto) in Italian universities.The research reveals that Italian universities employ underpaid temporary professors for courses that are quintessential to the academic curriculum, assessed as compulsory for students’ curricula, paying them wages that could be as low as €3.75 per hour.

ETUCE has participated to the public consultation of the Directorate-General of Migration of the European Commission on “Legal migration by non-EU citizens”. Indeed, ETUCE submitted a position paper which has been published by DG HOME. Among various aspects, the ETUCE position paper underlined the importance of professional training for staff to enable them to teach in multicultural environments; the need for more EU action on assessing and recognising foreign academic qualifications from outside of the EU...

On 29 January 2018, the Steering Group of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) meeting in Brussels kicked off a new working period of the ESSDE (2018-2019) by successfully adopting a new Work Programme listing the themes of mutual interest to be addressed jointly by the ESSDE partners across the next two years.

ETUCE Spanish member organisations FE.CC.OO and FeSP-UGT are organising various initiatives to celebrate the international school day of non-violence and peace (30 January). In particular, FE.CCOO claims the education of girls, boys and young people in a culture of non-violence that prepares them for peaceful living together (‘convivencia’).

Today, on 6 February 2018, SNES-FSU, one of the ETUCE member organisations in France, and all its affiliates are on strike. According to SNES-FSU, the French government is proposing a reform without having taken the time for a serious assessment and in-depth discussions. The proposed reforms risk reinforcing inequalities amongst high schools and students, in particular students coming from low economic and social background.

ETUCE is pleased to announce the launch of a new EU project entitled “CONVINCE – EU COmmoN Values INClusive Education”. The project, co-funded by the Directorate-General Education of the European Commission, will run from 2018 to 2020. The project will be a direct answer to the current challenges and opportunities of multiculturalism, diversity and social inclusion. The new two-year EU project is aimed at providing teachers, educators and the whole school community with tools and methods to better deal with Citizenship related issues both in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities.