On Monday, 16th February 2015, the regular pay negotiations for the nearly 800.000 public employees of the German federal states, the Bundesländer, were launched. About one out of four public employees works at a public school while one out of seven is employed by a public university. The unions in the German public sector, among them ETUCE-member GEW the German Education Union, demand a pay rise of 5,5 percent, with a minimum of 175 Euro per month. 

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) have published a joint report on psychosocial risk at work. The summary of the report is now available in different languages.

Different types of teaching material about the European Union are available othe European Union website: Teacher's Corner. The material can be used for classes of all age groups and there are no just information brochures but also ideas for games. Furthermore the material is divided into different topics like Economy and Trade, Agriculture and Fisheries and Safety. The material can be downloaded for free and the order of one hard copy is possible.

The European Commission (EC) advises the Member States to mainstream eLearning in the education and training policies. The topic is not sufficiently represented in most Member States, although eLearning enables people to learn wherever and whenever they want and helps teachers in supporting different personal learning needs.

The safer internet day is celebrated every year and promotes the idea of a conscientious use of online technologies. Especially younger people and children need guidelines for responsible handling the internet and new technologies like twitter and Facebook. Therefore teachers and families have to learn to address this topic appropriately. Originally the day was evented by the European Commission in 1999. Under this year's theme "Let's create a better internet together" activities and projects in almost 100 countries have taken place.

Tomorrow, 18 February 2015, in Europe and across the world, teacher trade unions affiliated to EI/ETUCE will join in the International day of action in defence of the right to strike, under attack on many European fronts. The Global Action Day for the Right to Strike is an initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Workers' Group at the International Labour Organisation (ILO). This appeal was made necessary in response to the many attempts of the Employers Group at the ILO to limit the right to strike.