On 15 February 2018, the fifth round table meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Capacity building project III took place in Malta. At this occasion, representatives of Malta Union of Teachers (MUT), partner to the project, as well as Maltese education employer organisations including the Ministry of Education and Employment and representatives from the Catholic Education of Malta met with EFEE and ETUCE to discuss the current state of play of social dialogue in Malta with a focus on how can social partners support teachers, trainers and school leaders.

Today, on 14 February 2018, the Education, Science and Culture Trade Union of Slovenia (ESTUS), ETUCE member organisation in Slovenia, is staging a protest action. As reported earlier, the education trade union demands the government to take concrete measures in order to, among other: improve the status of teachers, invest in professional development of teachers ensure teachers receive adequate payment for their responsible and demanding work; increase investment in education.

Today, on 14 February 2018, ETUCE member organisation, the Union of Education, Science and Culture of Kosovo (SBASHK), is organising a strike due to the absence of implementation of the six points contained in the agreement signed between SBASHK, the Assembly President of the Republic of Kosovo and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo on 5 June 2017.

Tomorrow, on 14 February 2018, the first regional strike of the planned sequence is to be held in the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drente, in the Netherlands. As reported by AOb, the current flu season plays into the hands of the PO front in staging the series of protest actions to reduce workload and increase salaries.

ETUCE member organisation in Italy, FLC-CGIL, recently released the results of a research conducted together with a network of temporary workers in Bologna shading light on the working conditions of around 26.000 temporary professors (professori a contratto) in Italian universities.The research reveals that Italian universities employ underpaid temporary professors for courses that are quintessential to the academic curriculum, assessed as compulsory for students’ curricula, paying them wages that could be as low as €3.75 per hour.

ETUCE has participated to the public consultation of the Directorate-General of Migration of the European Commission on “Legal migration by non-EU citizens”. Indeed, ETUCE submitted a position paper which has been published by DG HOME. Among various aspects, the ETUCE position paper underlined the importance of professional training for staff to enable them to teach in multicultural environments; the need for more EU action on assessing and recognising foreign academic qualifications from outside of the EU...