In mid-October 2016, the leadership of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine (TUESWU) had a number of long-awaited meetings with social partners. In particular, they met with Lilia Grinevich, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, to discuss pressing issues in the education system.

In September 2016, the Trade Union Committee of Education and Science Workers of Tajikistan organised two workshops on basic concepts of the trade union and its role in defending the rights of teachers. One workshop took place in Dushanbe on 15-17 September and another one was held in Racht on 18-20 September. Similar workshops were organised by Trade Union Committee of Education and Science Workers of Kazakhstan in Pavlodar on 19-21 October 2016 and in Semey on 23-25 October 2016. All workshops were part of the EI/ETUCE Central Asia Consortium Project which aims at promoting changes in the EI affiliate education trade unions in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan) to more democratic, independent and transparent organisations.

An eternal and endless reform of the national education system, promised by the Romanian political class during the Revolution of 1989 is still expected to be finalized. Since the fall of the communist system in December 1989, the management of the Ministry of Education has seen 24 ministers in 26 years. Each minister came with resounding statements about education reform, promises to increase teachers’ salaries (the lowest among EU countries), promises to improve the quality of the education system, and promises to make investments in schools and teaching materials.

The bi-polar political climate with two ruling parties that we have in Malta is one of the biggest issues which is highly volatile and trade unions have to be careful on how to approach it. MUT’s constitution states that the Union has to be apolitical and detached from all political parties. In the last years, we have built an infrastructure which allows us to inform members on a regular basis about what is going on. Until a few years ago, members had little or no access to information except for scattered press releases which could be interpreted in various manners by the media.

The collective agreement for the education sector in Lithuania has been negotiated since June 2015,  and social partners – Education trade unions and the Ministry of Education and Science (which had a legal mandate from the Government) - put in a lot of effort to find the best solutions for existing problems in the education sector in the form of provisions of the collective agreement.

Branch Republican Union of Trade Union Organisations Workers of Education and Science of Armenia is the largest trade union within the Confederation of Trade Unions of Armenia: it represents 1780 trade unions and 62,000 trade union members.