On 2 May 2019, ETUCE member organisation in Kyrgyzstan, Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Kyrgyzstan (TUESWK), reported about its positions against the draft law “On Trade Unions” that was published on the government website for public discussion on 12 April 2019.

On 11 April 2019, deShame project partners Childnet International (UK), Save the Children (Denmark), Hek Vonal (Hungary) and the University of Central Lancashire (UK), as well as their youth advisory boards, launched their “Step up, Speak up” resources for schools with a view to tackling online sexual harassment, as part of a fruitful two-year-long collaboration.

Around 8000 trade unionists from all over Europe took part in a demonstration today in Brussels calling for ‘A fairer Europe for workers’ organised by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). The aim was to draw attention to the European elections, and spread trade union demands for a better and more social Europe, better pay and better working and living conditions.

In the wake of the trade union action #67jepreviše aimed at, among other things, maintaining the retirement age of 65 through the national referendum in Croatia, ETUCE expressed its robust solidarity with its member organisations in Croatia.Trade unions in Croatia are currently collecting citizens’ signatures to call for a referendum to change the pension system.

On 15 April 2019, the European Council adopted the Directive on Copyright in the digital single market, widely known as the EU Copyright Directive, with a majority of 19 Member States in favour, 6 objecting, and 3 abstaining, highlighting the contentious nature of the legislation. This adoption confirms the European Parliament’s confirmatory vote on 26 March, and, ensures that, as per the EU Ordinary legislative procedure, the Directive is implemented by EU Member States in the next two years.

On 11 April 2019, two reports on the European Pillar of Social Rights’ influence over the European Semester – the yearly cycle of coordination of economic and social policies at EU level - and on trade unions’ role in influencing the Semester have been published. They represent the first outcomes released in the framework of the European Commission-funded project Public Service Trade Unions – Effective Intervention in the European Semester. The project is coordinated by the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU), the University of Nottingham and the European Social Observatory (OSE), with ETUCE’s support.