The Eastern European “Grand Old Lady” Kounka Damianova suddenly passed away in the morning of 4 August preparing her work as usual. It is very sad and devastating news for all of us in the entire organisation but, first of all, is it a huge loss for her family, as she is leaving behind her husband, her son and two grandchildren. In ETUCE, we will always remember Kounka as the “Grand Old Lady” from Eastern Europe, even though she was not old at all. She was only 66 years and all too young to pass away.

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH) a joint workshop on mainstreaming occupational health and safety (OSH) into education will be organised jointly by ILO, ISSA, EU-OSHA and NIOSH on 15-16 October 2015 in Bilbao. The workshop will cover recent research, leading approaches to mainstreaming OSH, practical examples of how to do the training and awareness raising campaigns. Last but not least a picture of the future of disseminating the ENETOSH model globally will be developed.

The Eurydice network, established by the European Commission, has released a report which analyses the relation between the policies that regulate the teaching profession in Europe, and the attitudes, practices and perceptions of teachers.  The report focuses on the nearly two million lower secondary education teachers employed in the 28 EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Turkey.

Representatives of the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA), affirm that the Ministry of Education and Science has taken into account only a few of the 24 submitted  proposals regarding the new pay system, ignoring a number of the union's proposals.

ETUCE welcomes the progress achieved for the protection of public services in TTIP as the language of the INTA report remained unchanged, which calls for the exclusion of all current and future public services.  Furthermore, the recommendations detail that it must be ensured that "national and local authorities retain the full right to introduce, adopt, maintain or repeal any measures with regard to the commissioning, organisation, funding and provision of public services,...,this exclusion should apply irrespective of how the services are provided and funded".

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