As ETUCE earlier reported, the first hearing in the trial of Eğitim Sen’s members, Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, who have been on a hunger strike for 191 days, took place on 14 September 2017 in Ankara, Turkey. Eğitim Sen reported that neither Nuriye Gülmen nor Semih Özakca had been allowed to be present at the trial and defend themselves.

Following the strike action on 4 September 2017, TUS reported that if no negotiations started until 15 September 2017 a regular strike would be organised in October 2017. Under the threat of a strike, the education trade union’s requests were adopted at the Republic Committee Board on 31 August 2017.

On 1 September 2017, Czech and Moravian Trade Union of Workers in Education (ČMOS PŠ), ETUCE member organisation in Czech Republic, together with the Trade Union of Higher and Academic Education, education professional associations and students held for the first time a mutual protest action.

Trio Presidency Declaration on Equality between women and men, signed by Ministers of Health and Labour from Estonia (current Presidency of the Council of the EU), Bulgaria, and Austria (two future Presidencies in 2018), calls for strengthening EU discussions on gender equality and strengthening gender mainstreaming in all EU policy areas. The Declaration was signed in Tallinn on July 19, 2017, during the informal meeting of the national ministers to discuss work-life balance policies.

Following the significant rise of gender violence-related cases and numerous public protests and demonstrations, Spain's political parties finally reached a "historic" €1bn five-year action plan to tackle gender-based violence. The bill was approved in July 2017 by the Spanish Congress which will set up a committee for monitoring the implementation of the program.

At its meeting of 11-12 September 2017, the ETUCE Standing Committee for Higher Education and Research (HERSC) issued a support letter to Eğitim Sen’s members, Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça. Expressing the great concern about their critical health condition, HERSC members strongly supported their colleagues’ action aiming at reinstating all education personnel dismissed, suspended or imprisoned without ground of evidence in their duties.