Following  the protest actions organised by trade unions early in October all over the country, the President of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine (TUESWU), Georgiy Trukhanov, met with the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, Pavlo Khobzei, in the buildings of the Ministry of Education on 1 November 2018.

ETUCE has become an official member of the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, with a view to particularly contribute to the Working group on Education. The coalition aims to increase the role of ICT and new technologies within education institutions to enhance innovative digital skills. Hence, this coalition is a crucial aspect for the education sector.

ETUCE and some of our member organisations participated in the European Commission’s consultation on EU funds in the area of migration.In general terms, the questionnaire results correspond to the ETUCE position: The three most important policy challenges identified for the EU programmes/funds under the migration policy area are: 1. "Ensuring solidarity with Member States facing the greatest migration pressure" (79.2% of respondents) 2. "Supporting the work of Member States to accept and integrate migrants into their society" (71.2% of respondents) 3. "Strengthening and developing the Common European Asylum System" (70.3% of respondents).

The Directorate-General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport launched its annual Education and Training Monitor at the European Commission, 17th October 2018. Given the sensitive and decisive political circumstances facing Europe, citizenship education was chosen as this year’s main focus.

Yesterday, on 8 November 2018 the Teachers Union of Serbia (TUS) signed its pledge as a commitment to contribute to the further implementation of the European Alliance for Apprenticeship, an initiative which celebrated yesterday its 5th year anniversary. The success of this initiative lies with the implementation of national commitments and the commitment of partners, notably through pledges by companies, social partners and stakeholders.

Considering that in Europe, women earn on average 16% less than their male colleagues, today, 31st October 2018, marks the day from which women effectively work for free until the end of the year.There are several contributing factors to this persistent gender pay gap. The 2018 ETUC Gender Equality Survey confirmed that women are more likely to be hired on precarious contracts than men. In addition, women are  more inclined to take up part-time work as a result of caring responsibilities which has a negative impact on career progression and salary advancement.