ETUCE is deeply concerned about the implementation of the Bologna Process and the future of the European Higher Education Area. The Paris Communiqué, to be adopted by the Paris Ministerial Conference this Thursday, 24 May, will focus on ensuring ‘fundamental values’ such as freedom of expression, autonomy for institutions, academic freedom, independent students’ unions and free movement of students and staff remain integral to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

On 16 and 17 May 2018, the first case study for the identification of challenges, concrete ways and joint social partners’ initiatives to effectively integrate migrants and refugees in education took place in Madrid, Spain, organised with the support of the ETUCE member organisation FeSP-UGT, partner to the project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education”. The study delegation, including ETUCE and EFEE representatives, the research expert accompanying the project as well as a video-maker and one representative from the project advisory group in Denmark (DLF) had the opportunity to learn more about  good practices and challenges in the Spanish education system with regards to policies on inclusion and integration.

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, ETUCE focuses on supporting teachers and other education personnel including anti-discrimination and anti-bullying strategies for LGBTI students and their families. 

Addressing all aspects of gender equality in education and the teaching profession is essential, especially promoting gender equality through social dialogue and collective bargaining with a focus on increasing salaries and decent working conditions, concluded participants of the ETUCE Conference on “Enhancing gender equality in and through education” on 7-8 May 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

On 27 April 2018, the Working Group meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) took place in Brussels. The meeting addressed the need for digital skills for students and teachers for inclusive education, the European digital education action plan, the use of European Social Funds (ESF) on education and training, and the overall Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) post-2020 as a key tool for Europe to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) by 2030.

By the end of April 2018, new agreements for a three year period for all 745,000 public employees in Denmark have been reached. The agreements are to be sent out for ballots within the trade unions - and the results are to be released on 6 June 2018. If the majority within a trade union vote against the agreement, strike and lockout may be effective as at 11 June 2018.