Considering the important role that the teaching profession covers within societies, it should be recognised that fair salaries are fundamental to draw people into the teaching profession ensuring that teachers stay satisfied and motivated to continue teaching. The introduction of the new Eurydice report on Teachers’ and School Heads’ Salaries and Allowances in Europe states that “salaries and allowances are key elements in the attractiveness of teaching profession (along with such issues as working conditions, career prospect, professional development opportunities and recognition).

ETUCE has been granted a project by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, on investment in education and the involvement of teacher unions across Europe in the European Semester of economic governance.  The project – titled: “Investing in Education: Strengthening the involvement of teacher trade unions in the European Semester on education and training” - will be kicked off on 1 November 2015 and it will run for 24 months.

The month of October is going to mark the beginning of a very “hot autumn” for the Italian education sector. After a long period of protests, the three ETUCE affiliated trade unions announced through a joint public note, that starting from the month of October they will organize several events to discuss, to criticise and to raise public awareness on the limits and unconstitutional provisions of the new law that regulates the education sector at all levels but the higher education.

From 25 to 30 September 2015, the delegation from the advisory group (of the joint social partner project Social Partners Promoting Decent Workplaces in the Education Sector for a Healthier Working Life) came to Helsinki to learn about how the prevention of psychosocial hazards amongst education staff is applied at Finnish schools.  The case study was mainly organised by the EFEE member organisation Sivistystyönantajat, the Association of Finnish Independent Education Employers (AIFEE).

The latest OECD PISA report on “Students, Computers and Learning” assesses the effects of ICT (Information and communication technologies) on teaching and learning in schools. The report analyses the development of pupils’ use of ICT, the integration of digital media in schools, digital navigating abilities and their effects on digital reading skills, the impact of ICT to tackle inequality and support permeability in education, the relationship between pupils’ performance, use and access to computers and the implication of digital media on education policies.

Since 1994, education stakeholders highlight on 5 October the recommendation concerning the status of teachers signed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1966. Education International (EI) and the United Nations (UN) seize the day to raise awareness on the importance of teachers for social development, challenging and criticising the problems that teachers are exposed to worldwide.