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In Germany, the fifth round of negotiations about higher wages for everyone working in educational jobs ended again without results. The Federation of Regional Employers' Associations (VKA) had made detailed offers for different staff groups but had continuously refused to correct the situation for nursery and pre-primary teachers as well.

On 20.4.-21.4.2015, ETUCE actively contributed to the Forum on the future of gender equality in the EU, which was organised in Brussels under the auspices of Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. The event brought together approximately 250 representatives from EU institutions, national ministries, international organisations, social partners, civil society, academia and companies.

In its plenary session on 15 April 2015, the European Parliament adopted a resolution to end discrimination against Roma. The members of the European Parliament called upon European member states on the occasion of the International Roma Day (8 April) to acknowledge the genocide of Roma during World War II and to follow the recommendations of Roma Organisations to "recognise the 2 August as European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day".

On the occasion of the International Worker's Memorial Day on 28 April ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) emphasises the problems caused by toxic chemicals at the workplace. Every year people die because of almost not existing European regulations on toxic substances - they can cause cancer, influence the fertility or affect unborn children in the womb. Nevertheless, the European Commission has postponed the passing of the Directive on Carcinogens or Mutagens at work.

From 11 to 15 October 2015 IGLYO (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organisation) together with NGO's and other organisations invites teachers for a training seminar on gender and sexuality education. The workshop aims to provide teachers with concrete tools and methods in support of inclusive education with a view to better combat discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.

Following the very successful conclusion of another European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) project, ETUCE presents now the final report and a declaration following the recently finalised project on "Professional Autonomy, Accountability and Efficient Leadership and the role of employers' organisations, trade unions and school leaders".