The Education Department of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) will organise a joint workshop with ETUCE on “Education trade unions promoting ICT for inclusive education”, which will be held from 25 to 27 April 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The overall aim is to exchange and disseminate ‘best practices’ on digital and ICT training for teachers from selected national educational programmes and to empower education trade unions to acknowledge and react to the impact of digitisation in the education sector from an inclusiveness standpoint.

ETUCE is leading a high-level international conference entitled “A better copyright  for quality higher education and research in Europe and beyond” organised in partnership with the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) and the COMMUNIA network of IP lawyers and activists in education. The conference will be bilingual in English and French and will take place in Brussels on 11 April 2018. The conference is co-financed by the European Intellectual Property Office, EUIPO.

On 14 March 2018, more than 90% of all public kindergartens, boarding schools and schools is to take part in the general strike which is planned to be organised by the Education, Science and Culture Trade Union of Slovenia (ESTUS), ETUCE member organisation in Slovenia. This time, according to ESTUS, the education institutions that did not vote for a strike initially will join this action. Teachers and education personnel from primary to higher education will participate in rallies in eleven districts across Slovenia.

On 14 March 2018,  primary education teachers from the North-West of the Netherlands will go on strike as reported by AOb. A big protest action is to take place in Amsterdam where a long and vociferous march is to be held through the heart of the old city centre. According to AOb, the Netherlands are heading towards a major and growing teacher shortage in primary education. The gravity of the problem became more evident during the flu period, when hundreds of schools had to send classes home, finding no teachers to replace sick colleagues.

On 12 January 2018, František Dobšík, Czech and Moravian Trade Union of Workers in Education (ČMOS PŠ), ETUCE member organisation in Czech Republic, together with the Trade Union of Higher and Academic Education, had a successful meeting with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babiš, and the Minister of Education of the Czech Republic, Robert Plaga. The main topic of discussion was a request for increased funding of education and better rules for the financing of education, science and research in the country.

On the occasion of 8th March 2018, ETUCE celebrates the international day of women. ETUCE supports FE.CCOO and FeSP-UGT in their strike and actions to demand stronger equality and more spaces of respect for women in the education sector. Both ETUCE member organisations call for a 2-hour strike in each working shift and claim different reasons for the # 8M strike. In particular, according to data of the 4th quarter of the Spanish Employment Agency (EPA) of 2017, the gender gap in the matter of employment persists.