On 5 October 2017, at the occasion of World Teachers’ Day 2017, the Education and Science Trade Union of Slovenia (ESTUS), ETUCE’s member organisation in Slovenia, is organising an extended session of its main board. This initiative aims at raising awareness on the alarming situation teachers and other education personnel are facing, with regards to deteriorating working conditions.

On 5 October 2017, at the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, Primary Education teachers in the Netherlands are set out to organise a strike. The one-day action is the consequence of the governmental coalition’s failure to meet primary education teachers’ demands for a substantial rise of funding allocated to the primary education sector in the State budget plan for the year 2018.

Each 5 October, since 1994, teachers are celebrated across the world for their hard work, dedication and invaluable contribution to society. This year’s World Teachers’ Day theme - “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers” – is significant as freedom and empowerment are vital to enable teachers to carry out their profession to its fullest potential.

From 27 to 29 September 2017, more than 80 education trade union representatives from Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries convened in Riga for the ETUCE CEE Round Table. Empowering Education Trade Unions to Tackle the Social Crisis was the key theme of the conference.

ETUCE member organisation ‘Syndicat des Enseignants romands – SER’ in Western Switzerland has recently conducted a survey on the status of occupational health and safety of teachers in Romandy, Switzerland. The survey report has now been published and reveals important concerns:

On 27-29 September 2017, ETUCE, the European Region of Education International (EI) holds its biennial Central and Eastern European (CEE) Round Table in Latvia. This year the focus lies on empowering education trade unions in CEE countries to tackle the social crisis.