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%.

Eurydice has recently published an article reporting on good practices in Sweden regarding the integration of migrants into the Swedish labour market. Since Autumn 2016, five Swedish universities have started offering a new course for newly-arrived teachers and preschool teachers. The Swedish government launched this initiative to help new migrants with professional qualifications from their home countries integrate into the labour market in their host country, and obtain jobs in sectors where there is currently a shortage of workers.

On 16-17 January, the fourth and last training seminar of the project “Investing in Education: Strengthening the involvement of teacher trade unions in the European Semester on education and training” was carried out. Organised with the support of the ETUCE project partner in Slovenia, ESTUS, the Education and Science Trade Union of Slovenia and DLF, the Danish Union of Teachers, the Seminar gathered representatives from ETUCE member organisations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania, Slovenia and the UK in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to discuss economic governance coordination mechanisms (European Semester) on education and training in Europe. The meeting was chaired by the President of ETUCE, Christine Blower.