Today, 21 September 2017, ETUC’s Pay Rise Campaign is launching a new action highlighting the wage differentiation between Central and Eastern (CEE), and Western European Countries. This action is supported by a working paper published on the same day, and displaying data collected by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), titled ‘What drives wage gaps in Europe?’. The study notably shows that the economic crisis has effectively stalled upwards convergence in living conditions between Central and Eastern and Western European countries, and that the state of workers’ rights and collective bargaining in these countries is ailing.

With the beginning of the new school year, the Education Federation of CC.OO (FE.CC.OO), one of ETUCE member organisations in Spain, published a report on the status of the public education (2009-2015), analyzing the effects of eight years of economic crisis on public education. The report is accompanied by an executive summary and a detailed study with charts and graphics by region.

As ETUCE earlier reported, the first hearing in the trial of Eğitim Sen’s members, Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, who have been on a hunger strike for 191 days, took place on 14 September 2017 in Ankara, Turkey. Eğitim Sen reported that neither Nuriye Gülmen nor Semih Özakca had been allowed to be present at the trial and defend themselves.

Following the strike action on 4 September 2017, TUS reported that if no negotiations started until 15 September 2017 a regular strike would be organised in October 2017. Under the threat of a strike, the education trade union’s requests were adopted at the Republic Committee Board on 31 August 2017.

On 1 September 2017, Czech and Moravian Trade Union of Workers in Education (ČMOS PŠ), ETUCE member organisation in Czech Republic, together with the Trade Union of Higher and Academic Education, education professional associations and students held for the first time a mutual protest action.

Trio Presidency Declaration on Equality between women and men, signed by Ministers of Health and Labour from Estonia (current Presidency of the Council of the EU), Bulgaria, and Austria (two future Presidencies in 2018), calls for strengthening EU discussions on gender equality and strengthening gender mainstreaming in all EU policy areas. The Declaration was signed in Tallinn on July 19, 2017, during the informal meeting of the national ministers to discuss work-life balance policies.