ETUCE is pleased to announce the forthcoming  Public Hearing on “The role of teachers and school heads in improving the status of VET”, organised jointly by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE). On the occasion of the second European Vocational Skills Week, the European Social Partners in Education, EFEE and ETUCE, wish to promote, through this event, the role of the education social partners in improving the quality of VET and apprenticeship systems across Europe.

Following a vibrant interview with Marlis Tepe, GEW President, on the education trade union’s tremendous work in support of colleagues in Turkey, the ETUCE Secretariat addressed its member organisations in Greece, DOE and OLME.

On 17 November 2017, European political leaders met in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the occasion of the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth. The high-level meeting was intended to mark a historic step towards re-stating the commitment for a real European Social Model, including through the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights by European leaders. The Pillar, launched by the European Commission in April this year, is a set of twenty guiding principles aiming at reaching equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions, and social protection and inclusion to all citizens.

On 14 November 2017, in the framework of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Capacity Building Project III, ETUCE and EFEE gathered with Italian social partners in education at the occasion of the fourth round table of the project. This meeting, held in Rome, Italy, brought together delegations of Italian education trade unions (UIL Scuola, partner to the project, CISL Scuola, FLC-CGIL) and employers’ organisations (ANINSEI, ENAIP FORMA) representatives.

ETUCE has now published a statement on Brexit negotiations following its adoption by the ETUCE Committee. The statement focuses on the potential effects of Brexit upon education and the teaching profession. Along with this, it calls for the negotiations to prioritise the protection of employment, living standards and teachers and trade union rights instead of a free trade deal built on a platform of lower pay, pensions, social benefits, tax and standards.

In response to the DG CONNECT report on “Digitisation, Employment and Inclusiveness”, a statement adopted by the ETUCE Committee has now been published. Digitalisation is an important issue for teachers and education personnel across Europe, as addressed in our policy paper “The 21st Century Teaching Profession and the Use of ICT” which was adopted by the ETUCE Conference in 2016.