Tomorrow, on 8 June 2019, ETUCE member organisation in the Republic of North Macedonia, SONK, is taking to streets as the last action in the series of protests that is to be followed by a general strike of the education sector should the Government not agree to the education trade union’s repeated demands.

On 5 June 2019, the European Commission published the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs), as part of the Spring Package of the 2019 cycle of the European Semester. Addressed to the governments of each EU Member State, and encompassing the European Commission’s view on the reforms needed in each Member State to respond to the new economic and social challenges, they are to be discussed by the European Council in June 2019, and then formally adopted in July.

In the run up to the XIV Congress of the Kazakhstan Trade Union of Education and Science Workers (KTUESW) an International Round Table “Education Trade Unions: Problems, Searching, Solutions” is to be held on 8 October 2019 in Nursultan (Astana), Kazakhstan. It is expected that more than two hundred representatives from republican trade union associations, KTUESW member organisations, ETUCE sister organisations, government authorities’ representatives as well as mass media representatives are to take part in the event.

The 14th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation gathered trade unions in Vienna to discuss “A Fairer Europe for Workers”. The 699 delegates, of which 48.5% were women and 10% were young delegates discussed on the European Pillar of Social Rights, building solidarity on migration, asylum, and inclusion, protecting human dignity and democracy as European values, shaping a new and progressive economic model based on a fairer economic and social governance, fighting for higher wages, stronger collective bargaining and enforceable rights for all, and just transition to tackle the climate change emergency and to ensure fairer digitalisation and stronger industry policy.

ETUCE member organisations in Serbia - TUS, SSS-Serbia and NTTU – have called on all education employees in the higher education sector to join the protest action taking place on 8 June 2019 in Belgrade. The action aims at the reluctance of the Ministry of Finance to approve the proposal that the Serbian social partners in education, the education trade unions and the Ministry of Education, have negotiated.

“The Future Teacher” Conference took place on 23 to 24 May 2019 in Brussels, hosted by Toll-net; a network of teachers, IT coordinators, directors and pedagogical supervisors focusing on technology-supported lifelong learning. Teachers and experts in digitalisation and education, gathered together to exchange good practises and challenges associated with employing digitalisation in education. The conference highlighted the importance of inclusive education through the use of technology, as well as online and blended learning.