Today on 28 August 2018, OELMEK, POED and OLTEK, ETUCE member organisations in Cyprus, intend to express their principled position against the decision unilaterally taken by the Cypriot government once again. In mid-July 2018, the Cypriot education trade unions went on strike to express their disapproval over the government’s proposals which are to come into effect on 1 September 2018 without consulting the education trade unions.

The European Agency for Occupational Health and Safety has recently published a research report on the Management of psychosocial risks in European workplaces: evidence from the Second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2). One of the main findings is that the education sector is one of the sectors that put a large amount of effort into managing psychosocial risks, in particular by education trade unions. The report indicates the fact of ‘an unfavourable national context’ (e.g. poor OSH management, few financial resources, etc) as one of the main barriers for achieving effective management procedures.

ETUCE, in partnership with EFEE (EU Federation of Education Employers) and ESHA (EU school heads association), is leading an EU-funded project on democratic citizenship and EU common values named ”EU CONVINCE”. In parallel to the online survey, aimed at gathering and analysing main challenges and good practices on how to deal with Citizenship related issues, the project partners have now released a joint statement on Education for Democratic Citizenship; a joint initiative on promoting inclusive education and EU shared values.

DG SANTE (the Directorate General for Health) of the European Commission is giving continuity to the Joint Action on Mental health and Well-being launched in 2013 resulting in the European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing, which supports EU-countries to review their policies and share experiences in improving policy efficiency and effectiveness. The programme aims to:

An Erasmus+ initiative has been launched to extend Online Linguistic Support (OLS) to refugees. Erasmus+ OLS currently offers online language courses in EU official languages to higher education students, vocational education and training learners and young volunteers taking part through the Erasmus+ beneficiary institution or organisation. However, the European Commission has recently decided to extend this service to around 100,000 refugees over 3 years, on a voluntary basis and free of charge. ETUCE informs that this should be regarded only as a complementary effort to EU Member States to integrate refugees into Europe's education and training systems and ensure their skills development.

NASUWT, NEU, EiS and UCU, ETUCE member organisations in the UK have recently organised respective actions to demand for safe, secure and healthy workplaces for LGBTI teachers in the UK and LGBTI equality. The NASUWT LGBTI Conference, held on 26th June 2018, called for urgent action to secure equality for LGBTI teachers in schools and colleges, including action to: challenge bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools and colleges; secure compulsory LGBTI equality training for all staff in schools and colleges; campaign for greater accountability of employers to ensure a safe working environment for LGBTI teachers...