The Eurydice network, established by the European Commission, has released a report which analyses the relation between the policies that regulate the teaching profession in Europe, and the attitudes, practices and perceptions of teachers.  The report focuses on the nearly two million lower secondary education teachers employed in the 28 EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Turkey.

Representatives of the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA), affirm that the Ministry of Education and Science has taken into account only a few of the 24 submitted  proposals regarding the new pay system, ignoring a number of the union's proposals.

ETUCE welcomes the progress achieved for the protection of public services in TTIP as the language of the INTA report remained unchanged, which calls for the exclusion of all current and future public services.  Furthermore, the recommendations detail that it must be ensured that "national and local authorities retain the full right to introduce, adopt, maintain or repeal any measures with regard to the commissioning, organisation, funding and provision of public services,...,this exclusion should apply irrespective of how the services are provided and funded".

The ETUCE Secretariat has developed a mobile application to help you access information about ETUCE's work easily from your mobile devices! You can now install this app whether from Google Play (Androids) or from the Apple App Store (IPhones) to read the latest news, find out about policy issues, and download the latest documents from wherever you are.

In these times of grim uncertainty about the future of Greece and its people, ETUCE expresses its full solidarity with its member organisations, OLME and DOE, and their members. Thousands of teachers and students have been hit hard by the severe impact of the drastic cuts in the public sector and the entire education system. With the temporary closure of the banking system, teachers' salaries cannot be paid, university loans cannot be granted and parents are unable to support their children studying in universities in Greece and abroad.

ETUCE, together with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) sent a letter to all Members of the European Parliament, regarding the upcoming vote on 8 July on TTIP report. In the letter EPSU/ETUCE call for: an unequivocal exclusion of ISDS, a broad carve out of public services, a strong labour chapter, the rejection of Regulatory Cooperation as foreseen. Please see the joint letter for details on these points.