On 14-15 February 2017, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has kicked off the Pay Rise Campaign by a Conference titled: 'Time for Our Recovery – Europe needs a pay rise'. The Conference takes place in Brussels and gathers social partners and decision-makers from all around Europe. The two-day event is organised around four thematic panels, with interventions from numerous speakers involved in Labour, Employment and Social Issues at both the European and national levels.

According to the education section of NSZZ “Solidarność”, one of ETUCE’s member organisations in Poland, for the first time since 2012 salaries of Polish teachers are going to increase by 1.3% at all education levels, with the exception of higher education, as a result of negotiations with local authorities as well as with members of the Polish government. The commitment to raise salaries followed the dialogue in the frame of the Group for Professional Status of Education Employees, of which NSZZ “Solidarność” is part.

On 8 February 2017, EĞİTİM-SEN reported that the adoption of emergency decree No. 686 by the Turkish authorities on 7 February 2017 resulted in the unjustified dismissals of 2,585 education personnel employed in the Turkish Ministry of Education, among whom are Mr. Mesut FIRAT, EĞİTİM-SEN General Secretary, and several EĞİTİM-SEN administrative officers.

Teachers in secondary schools with the most disadvantaged students have been joining forces and demonstrating for more than six months. Indeed, with the support of SNES-FSU, they have been protesting against their exclusion from the Priority education map. The “Priority education” label secures additional resources which are essential in order to tackle social and educational inequalities in the most efficient way.

Eurydice published a new report describing the mechanisms and practices that support evidence-based policy-making in the education sector in Europe. It provides an initial mapping of a complex area. It compares institutions and practices in evidence-based policy-making, as well as the accessibility, and mediation, of evidence. The report also presents more detailed information, with specific examples of the use of evidence in policy formulation for each individual country.

On 17 January 2017, the Education and Science Trade Union of Moldova (ESTUFM) together with ETUCE’s call on the Moldovan Government to support ESTUFM’s demands, achieved the relaunch of negotiations. The ETUCE member organisation had gathered hundreds of people in a picketing action in Chisinau. The demonstrators expressed their dissatisfaction with poor working conditions and demanded the Moldovan Government to increase salaries of scientific researchers and other non-teaching staff at ell education levels to the national minimum wage and to raise school and university teachers’ salaries by 50%.