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On 24 of April 2018, the sixth round table meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Capacity building project III took place in Helsinki. During this meeting, representatives from ETUCE member organisation partner to this project OAJ, Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö and representatives of Finnish education employer organisations members of the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE), such as the Association of Finnish Independent Education Employers (AFIEE) met around a table together with representatives from the Ministry of Economic affairs and Employment of Finland, the Helsinki City Council, the Helsinki Police Department, the Finnish National Agency for Education, Omnia and Eira High school for adults to discuss how to strengthen the links between the ESSDE and the national social dialogue.

On the initiative of the Education and Science Employees' Union of Russia (ESEUR), ETUCE member organisation in Russia, a conference on "Violence in the Educational Environment: Causes - Trends of Exacerbation - Solutions " was held with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on 4 April 2018.

The University and College Union (UCU), one of the ETUCE member organisations in the United Kingdom, has won major concessions after a series of strikes to protect the guaranteed pension benefits of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). During the strikes, the UCU has been in negotiations with Universities UK (the education employers for universities) and the following are some of the points achieved :

Should consensus over a new collective agreement not be reached, trade unions in the public sector in Denmark are preparing to take strike action. It is expected that employers will respond by instituting a “lockout” of all workers. ETUCE emphasises that to threaten to lockout 90% of state employees and 50 % of municipal employees is very aggressive and represents a complete overreaction to the notice of a limited strike of only 10% of public workers.

After several national manifestations and strikes, followed by the regional protest actions in the North and North- West of the country, now teachers in primary education in the South of the Netherlands take over the baton and go on strike for better salaries and a lower workload on 13 April 2018 in Eindhoven and Sittard.

On 11 April 2018, ETUCE held a joint high-level conference entitled “A better copyright for quality higher education and research in Europe and beyond”. EI/ETUCE held the conference in partnership with the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) and COMMUNIA (a network of Intellectual Property lawyers and advocates). The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) financially supported the event.