On 17 May, ETUCE celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). The event is celebrated across the world to raise awareness of LGBTI rights and violations. ETUCE strongly advocates for equal rights and combating homophobia, transphobia and discrimination within the education sector. ETUCE and EI advocate for quality education which is free from discrimination, stereotypes, unconscious biases, and language exclusion.

With social dialogue and collective bargaining being undermined across many European countries and globally; in the  context of deep societal changes originated in the broad political agenda for deregulation and fragmentation of the labour market and of society; with educational reforms changing the world of work of teachers and other education personnel, the case for trade union renewal could not be more compelling. On 9-10 May 2019, ETUCE member organisations from EU/EFTA and EU-candidate countries gathered in Brussels to discuss the threats to unions and their members as these challenges inevitably affect the strength of education unions to defend teachers from such attacks.

On 11 April 2019, the OECD published A Flying Start, a report which describes teacher education as one continuous process and proposes strategies for policy makers, teacher education institutions and schools with a view to supporting the implementation of sustainable initial teacher preparation (ITP) systems.

Today, public service workers, including education trade unions stage a national strike action to protest against the draft law “on the Public Service Transformation” in France. ETUCE stands with teachers and other education personnel in their appeal against the retrogressive education policy that the Ministry of National Education of France is pursuing without consulting education trade unions nor taking into account the but the opinion of the education community as a whole.

On 2 May 2019, ETUCE member organisation in Kyrgyzstan, Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Kyrgyzstan (TUESWK), reported about its positions against the draft law “On Trade Unions” that was published on the government website for public discussion on 12 April 2019.

On 11 April 2019, deShame project partners Childnet International (UK), Save the Children (Denmark), Hek Vonal (Hungary) and the University of Central Lancashire (UK), as well as their youth advisory boards, launched their “Step up, Speak up” resources for schools with a view to tackling online sexual harassment, as part of a fruitful two-year-long collaboration.