In the run-up to the demonstration organised by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) on 27 October 2018 in Glasgow, the union has been running its pay campaign – Value Education, Value Teachers- which includes the pay claim for a 10% pay raise.Against the backdrop that 2018 has seen a surge in teachers over 45 leaving early and that 40% of Scotland’s teachers are considering leaving the profession early according to Bath Spa University research, EIS calls on the government to invest in education as an investment in young people.

The 10 October 2018 is marked as the International Day for Mental Health by the World Health Organisation. In our changing world, young people and those within the early years of adulthood, experience many rapid changes such as starting university or a new job. These changes can create stress which in turn could lead to mental illnesses arising. The increasing use of social media whilst has many benefits, can also contribute to this additional stress for many individuals. Statistics reveal that half of all mental illnesses start by the age of 14 with depression being the third leading cause of mental illnesses.

EU-OSHA’s campaign toolkit has recently been remodelled for the 2018-19 campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances. It is in the form of tested recommendations for education institutions and other organisations, and provides practical advice on how to launch a successful campaign to ensure effective safety and health management. It is simple to use and consists of two components: the first one focusing on how to run a campaign; a section which provides step-by-step explanations to start a campaign and the second component looking at the practical tools and real-life examples which have been used in occupational safety and health campaigning.

The ETUCE Committee has adopted a statement in reaction to the European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on establishing Horizon Europe –the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, published in June 2018. This Proposal aims to define the priorities and budget of the future research and innovation programme for the next mandate 2021-2027. The European Commission has earmarked an impressive €97.6 billion to ensure the effectiveness of the programme.

ETUCE’s Danish member organisation, DLF, has published a policy paper on ‘Teachers’ psychosocial working environment and its impact on quality teaching and retention of teachers’ (2016). The Danish Working Environment Authority has found that teachers are experiencing high emotional demands whilst working with students with special needs. Teachers are exposed to violence within schools; both physical and psychological, as well as traumatic situations such aggressive behaviour from students and their parents.

On 8-9 October 2018, the ETUCE Committee, representing the European education trade unions, were gathered in Brussels to discuss governance and political issues. The members discussed the launching of an ETUCE Campaign to support the status of the teaching profession in light of the EI Global Response campaign and ahead of the European Parliament elections, to be advocated for among the European governments, the media and the national and local stakeholders. The members suggested to put emphasis on promoting the attractiveness the teaching profession ensured by quality teacher training and professional autonomy, and on freedom of education trade unions and strengthening social dialogue.