In the run up to the XIV Congress of the Kazakhstan Trade Union of Education and Science Workers (KTUESW) an International Round Table “Education Trade Unions: Problems, Searching, Solutions” is to be held on 8 October 2019 in Nursultan (Astana), Kazakhstan. It is expected that more than two hundred representatives from republican trade union associations, KTUESW member organisations, ETUCE sister organisations, government authorities’ representatives as well as mass media representatives are to take part in the event.

The 14th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation gathered trade unions in Vienna to discuss “A Fairer Europe for Workers”. The 699 delegates, of which 48.5% were women and 10% were young delegates discussed on the European Pillar of Social Rights, building solidarity on migration, asylum, and inclusion, protecting human dignity and democracy as European values, shaping a new and progressive economic model based on a fairer economic and social governance, fighting for higher wages, stronger collective bargaining and enforceable rights for all, and just transition to tackle the climate change emergency and to ensure fairer digitalisation and stronger industry policy.

ETUCE member organisations in Serbia - TUS, SSS-Serbia and NTTU – have called on all education employees in the higher education sector to join the protest action taking place on 8 June 2019 in Belgrade. The action aims at the reluctance of the Ministry of Finance to approve the proposal that the Serbian social partners in education, the education trade unions and the Ministry of Education, have negotiated.

“The Future Teacher” Conference took place on 23 to 24 May 2019 in Brussels, hosted by Toll-net; a network of teachers, IT coordinators, directors and pedagogical supervisors focusing on technology-supported lifelong learning. Teachers and experts in digitalisation and education, gathered together to exchange good practises and challenges associated with employing digitalisation in education. The conference highlighted the importance of inclusive education through the use of technology, as well as online and blended learning.

On 22-23 May 2019, European Ministers gathered in Brussels for the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council meeting. The ministers debated on discussion paper prepared by the a Romanian Presidency entitled ‘Building the future of Europe: the contribution of education and training to strengthening social cohesion’ and they adopted, among others the following policy documents on education:

Following opposition of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Kyrgyzstan (TUESWK) to the draft law “On Trade Unions” that was published on the Supreme Council’s website on 12 April 2019, ETUCE strongly supports its member organisation in its demand to withdraw the draft law.