ETUCE is committed to strengthen the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people. In particular, ETUCE combats homophobia and transphobia in the education sector; that is at school, in education institutions and universities, and supports its member organisation in their activities in this field. As an education trade union organisation, ETUCE focuses on supporting teachers and education staff. In this respect, ETUCE adopted the ´Joint Declaration to combat homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools, in workplaces and in society´ together with ETUC and ILGA-EUROPE.

On 3-5 May 2017 the 2nd joined ITUC/ETUC mission to Ankara took place. Jaap Wienen, ITUC Deputy General secretary, and Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary, led the delegation joined by the ETUC President, representatives from two national confederations – the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) and the British Trade Union Congress (TUC) - ; the European Trade union Committee for Education (ETUCE), the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), UNI Global and IndustriAll Global.

Mesut Firat, Eğitim Sen General Secretary, once again urged the Turkish government to give in to the legitim demand of the union’s affiliates, Nuriye Gülmen, dismissed academic, and Semih Özakça, dismissed primary school teacher, who have been on hunger strike for an indefinite period of time since 9 March 2017. With this radical initiative, education workers wished to strengthen their demand to be reinstated in their duties. Today, as stated by Eğitim Sen, their health situation is extremely critical.

On 8 May 2017, the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Capacity building project III was successfully kicked off with a first round table meeting in Porto, Portugal. Representatives of all three ETUCE member organisation in Portugal (FNE – project partner and main event organiser, FENPROF, SINDEP) gathered around a table with a delegation from education employer organisations composed by AEEP (Association of Private and Cooperative Education Establishments) and  ANESPO (National Association of VET Schools). 

On 26th April 2017, the European Pillar of Social Rights was presented by the Commission. The principles and rights enshrined in the Pillar are structured around three categories: 1) equal opportunities and access to the labour market; 2) fair working conditions and; 3) social protection and inclusion.

The Council of Europe has developed, in cooperation with education professionals, an educational game called “Europe Matters – A Question of Values”. The game was designed for classes in primary or lower secondary education (8 to 12 year olds) and invites them to reflect on the key values that enable people to live together in society. The class should be guided through the game by a teacher.