ETUCE's German member organisation GEW announced today the results of the ballot on indefinite strikes in the social and educational service facilities. According to GEW, not less than 96,37 % of their members voted in favour of this drastic but already inevitable step. At the same time, ver.di which is the second largest German trade union has reached 93,44% in this strike ballot.

The European Agency for special needs and inclusive education published a summary report on organisation of provision to support inclusive education. The report is based on a project the agency launched between 2011 and 2013 and answers the question on "how systems of provision are organised to meet the needs of learners identified as having disabilities [...] in inclusive settings within the compulsory school sector".

ETUI (European Trade Union Institute) published the book « Les risques au travail. Pour ne pas perdre sa vie à la gagner». The book provides an overview about the occupational health and safety risks in different working areas. The global team of authors has found improvements in many working areas, due to the fact that the public discussion on social politics includes more and more health and safety at the workplace. 

The Italian trade unions, among them the three ETUCE member organisations, oppose their government's current plans to reduce education workers' rights and to increase their workload without a corresponding wage increase. Apparently, the proposed amendments are to be made entirely without the trade unions being involved. The last collective agreement in Italian education expired in 2009. Instead of extending it, the Italian government had submitted to the Parliament a draft law to reform the education staff's working conditions. 

The European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education has published in October 2014 the report on "Vocational Education and Training". The report gives an overview about inclusive measures and policies in vocational training in 28 European states. Although the report highlights progress in the integration of students with special needs in some education institutions, improvements are still necessary.

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development) has published in April 2015, as part of their series "Pisa in Focus", an analysis on "how teacher-student relations affect student's well-being at school". The publication states that a positive relationship impacts the students' attitudes in learning, performance and belonging in school positively.