The difficult period that had started with a big convention in Ljubljana in October 2017, continued this year with two strikes, complex negotiations and the resignation of the Slovenian Prime Minister, has been successfully ended.The Education, Science and Culture Trade Union of Slovenia (ESTUS), ETUCE member organisation in Slovenia, succeeded in raising teachers’ salaries and celebrates its victory. “With the agreed pay rise and signed agreement, ESTUS has fulfilled and included all the demands that were previously agreed upon and negotiated with the former Prime Minister, who resigned just before signing and concluding the agreement earlier in spring”, explained ESTUS General Secretary, Branimir Štrukelj.

10 December marks the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day celebrates the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that every individual regardless of their race, colour, religion, sex, language, political opinion, birth or other status, has the right to fundamental rights, this consists of:

ETUCE emphasises the importance of inclusive education for young people and children with disabilities, as stipulated in the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). By providing access to good quality education, people with disabilities are given the opportunity to improve their economic situation which in turn can give a positive impetus to their political and social life.

The second advisory group meeting of the OiRA project, - a joint initiative of the EU social partners in education with the support of the EU-OSHA, the European Agency for Occupational Health and Safety, took place in Dublin on 6 November 2018 and has given an important boost to the project establishing the draft structure and preliminary content of the two online risk assessment tools for early-childhood education and for secondary education.

At the ETUCE Special Conference in Athens, Greece, on 27-28 November 2018, the European education trade union movement kicks off new priorities for shaping the future of Europe and the role of education trade unions. 300 education trade union delegates from 132 national education trade unions at all levels of education from 51 European countries debated and voted on several resolutions to face the challenges teachers and other education personnel are confronted with and to put forward their vision for quality education as a landmark for fairer European societies as a vital prerequisite for democracy.

On 27 November 2018, in Athens, Greece, ETUCE President Christine Blower opened the quadrennial special conference of the ETUCE, the European Region of Education International (EI). A welcome speech was given by the presidents of the DOE and OLME, ahead of the address to the ETUCE Special Conference by David Edwards, General Secretary, who welcomed delegates and spoke of some major global challenges including the growing influence of private and corporate actors in education, the rise of extremisms and the erosion of rights. He concluded on the key role of teachers in meeting global challenges and in promoting democratic values.