Today, 14 December 2017, the public sector confederations, GSEE, as well as ADEDY to which OLME and DOE, ETUCE member organisations in Greece, are affiliated, are protesting the agreement reached between the Greek government and European and international institutions (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism and the International Monetary Fund) on 15 June 2017, touching upon labour market and further privatisation patterns.

The first of the court cases involving academics who have been charged for signing a petition criticising the policies of the Turkish government regarding the treatment of Kurds particularly in the South-East of the country opened in Istanbul on Tuesday 4 December 2017.

In December 2017 the state budget 2018 is to be passed in Ukraine. The draft budget does not fully satisfy the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine, TUESWU, nor other trade unions of Ukraine, in particular with respect to the social and economic welfare for public workers. According to TUESWU, the proposed 2018 budget for Kyiv foresees only € 84 million, far from the € 120 million needed. In other words, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine cut financing for teachers by €37 million.

On 12 December 2017, Youth Wiki, a new online database on national structures, policies and actions supporting young people in Europe, became available to public. This wide-ranging database was developed by the European Commission to promote European cooperation in the field of youth and it covers the eight main fields of action identified in the 2010-2018 EU Youth Strategy: education and training, employment and entrepreneurship, health and well-being, participation, voluntary activities, social inclusion, youth and the world, and creativity and culture.

Following the decision of the ESTUS Executive Board, Education and Science Trade Union of Slovenia, which was taken unanimously on 30 November 2017, the resolution on a strike on 14 February 2018 in the education sector of Slovenia has passed. Now education employees have to decide on this matter.The president of the Executive Board, Jelka Velički, explained that the education trade union members will cast their ballots in 767 education institutions between 6 and 13 December 2017. According to the procedure, the general strike will take place should more than half of the education institutions vote in favor of it.

Today, on 12 December 2017, the PO front organises a strike to protest against the state budget cuts in the education sector.The amount allocated for primary education in next year’s State budget proves to contain a sum of 270 million € to increase teachers’ salaries. However, this amounts to only a fraction of the 1.4 billion € necessary to catch up with salaries of teachers in other sectors.