We are happy to announce that The ETUCE Secretariat has recently extended its presence in social media by creating a Facebook page. You can from now on read the latest news, find out about policy issues, download the latest documents and share information with your social network in one click via Facebook.

ETUCE welcomes the recent publication of the European Fundamental Rights Agency “Professionally Speaking: Challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people”. The report underlines the role of LGBTI public officials and the importance of the protection of their fundamental rights. Key references are highlighted for LGBTI teachers and other education personnel:

On 7 November 2017, the ETUC kicks off a week of action (7-16 November) mobilising for ‘A Better Europe for Working People’. Through this action, European and national trade unions are encouraged to mobilise around the key building blocks that are needed for putting the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) into practice. 

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), in a project partnership with several partners, including ETUCE, has just published a useful app for teacher training. The tMAIL project, co-funded by Erasmus+, aimed to support policy makers, teacher educators and primary school teachers in the implementation and mainstreaming of innovative practices. More specifically, the project sought to implement classroom practices that stimulate students’ self-regulated learning.

ETUCE stands in solidarity with DOE, in its fight for two-year public, free and compulsory early childhood education for children as of the age of 4. Citing the conclusions of the Council of the European Union on early childhood education and care, which were also adopted by the Ministry of Education of Greece in 2011, European Director, Susan Flocken, emphasised that "providing all children with the best start for the world of tomorrow, early childhood education has a positive influence on personal, social and learning progress of children.

According to the European Commission, the average hourly pay of women in Europe is 16.3% lower than that of men, with the biggest gap in Estonia (26.9%) and the smallest one in Italy and Luxembourg (5.5%). That means that today, November 3, women effectively stop earning for the rest of the 2017 compared to their male colleagues.