In spring 2015 the think-tank friends of Europe has published the report "Unequal Europe, Recommendations for a more caring EU". The report criticises the current social policy legislation in most of the European member states and proposes an "inter-generational solidarity and a renewed sense of social cohesion and cohesion between richer and poorer member states".

The European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) adopted its recommendations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations on 16 April 2015. The CULT opinion stresses the need to clearly protect public quality education in the framework of the TTIP negotiations. The opinion also makes unequivocally clear that TTIP must ensure that under no circumstances can government subsidies or support be challenged under the treaty.

In the fourth round of pay negotiations an agreement on future pay increases was finally achieved. The German public sector unions, among them ETUCE member GEW, and the German federal states (Bundesländer) as the employers of 900.000 employees including 200.000 teachers and about 200.000 higher education teachers and researchers agreed on an increase of  2,1% starting from March 2015. Additionally, next year there will be another increase of 2,3 % with a  minimum of 75 Euro per month.

The Maternity Leave Directive is in danger of being withdrawn from the European Parliament as part of its bureaucracy reduction plan (REFIT). The REFIT (Regulatory Fitness and Performance: Results and Next Steps) plan uses the justification to reduce "the regulatory burdens" and "make administrative processes easier" to cut down social right legislations.

In March 2015, the EU's Council of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs adopted the Joint Employment Report (JER). The report was released together with the Annual Growth Survey, and is part of the European employment strategy which seeks to create more and better jobs in the EU. The JER focuses on the European employment situation and social trends. Among others, it looks at the EU Member States' policy responses to the challenges in the area of employment and social policy.

Irish Teacher Unions call for the abolition of the additional 33 hours per year they have to work as well as the abolition of the public service pension levy put in place in 2009 and which represented the first reduction in earnings of public service staff since the economic crisis started.