Today, on 6 February 2018, SNES-FSU, one of the ETUCE member organisations in France, and all its affiliates are on strike. According to SNES-FSU, the French government is proposing a reform without having taken the time for a serious assessment and in-depth discussions. The proposed reforms risk reinforcing inequalities amongst high schools and students, in particular students coming from low economic and social background.

ETUCE is pleased to announce the launch of a new EU project entitled “CONVINCE – EU COmmoN Values INClusive Education”. The project, co-funded by the Directorate-General Education of the European Commission, will run from 2018 to 2020. The project will be a direct answer to the current challenges and opportunities of multiculturalism, diversity and social inclusion. The new two-year EU project is aimed at providing teachers, educators and the whole school community with tools and methods to better deal with Citizenship related issues both in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities. 

On 17 January 2018, SONK, ETUCE member organisation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, took part in a protest action in front of the buildings of the government following the call launched by its confederation - KSS - Confederation of Free Trade Unions of FYROM. As reported by the education trade union, approximately 4,000 affiliates from the eleven branch trade union organisations of KSS demonstrated their dissatisfaction that day.

The EU MIDIS-II Report, based on information collected from over 25,500 respondents, was released in the context of marking seventeen years since the adoption of EU laws which forbid discrimination. However, the research shows that widespread discrimination still exists across Europe, particularly for immigrants and ethnic minorities searching for employment. The FRA itself describes discrimination as a “recurring experience” for many across all 28 EU Member States.

On 22 January 2018, ETUCE held the first Advisory Group meeting in the new project “Social dialogue and gender equality: Empowering education trade unions to address gender equality in the teaching profession through social dialogue.” The project’s aim is to provide education trade unions with concrete tools and practices to address the challenges of gender inequality through enhanced social dialogue in the education sector at national, regional and local level.

On the occasion of the first “European Education Summit – Laying the foundations of the European Education Area: for an innovative, inclusive and values-based education" organised by the European Commission on 25 January 2018 in Brussels, ETUCE welcomes the strong focus of the strategic discussions on education.