The European Commission (EC) has now completed and published its update report on the state of industrial relations in Europe. The report is published every two years and offers a broad overview of major social dialogue developments at cross-industry and sectoral level. The latest report places special emphasis on several topics of significance to the work of the European social partners.  Just like the previous report, the new report looks at the impacts of the economic crisis on industrial relations and social dialogue and in particular on the wage bargaining systems.

The European Banking Federation (EBF) launches the European Money Week to promote the idea of financial education in elementary and secondary schools in Europe. Member banks of EBF launch events, such as school lessons and games for children to teach them a responsible financial management. The projects take place in different member states of the European Union, like Italy, France and Spain.

All classes from secondary schools in Europe can register for the contest on the Consumer Classroom Inter-Competition, until 24 April 2015. The idea of the competition is to cooperate with a European partner schools and to discuss about safe handling of digital content. The two classes will debate about problems on the agreed topic and compare the results with each other. Finally, they will present their ideas on an interactive tool, such as a website.

The project, Bazaar: Learn and Exchange at the Marketplace, aims to support adults with a migrant background to learn a second language. Bazaar organises projects in different member states, such as UK, Italy and Bulgaria, which support migrants in language learning and in enhancing social dialogue and in empowering individuals to have a social life outside their family. The idea is to find the target groups at places where they already interact and feel comfortable, such as the market place. 

Last week, many thousands of teachers and education employees were on strike in several states in Germany to protest for better wages, pension provisions and a collective agreement on the pay scale grouping for public employed teachers. The action will be extended to more federal states during this week.Collective bargaining, in Germany's education sector, takes place between representatives of the federal states and the public sector unions.

The report, ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour and Confidence, published by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) analyses the connection between performance of girls and boys in school and their later career choices. Topics, such as the underperformance among boys, girls' lack of self-confidence and realities for early school leavers are addressed. Finally the report suggests policies and methods to support both girls and boys in education.