On 15 January 2018, trade unions representing public service workers, including in the education sector, held a major demonstration in Athens. The protest action was in response to the omnibus law 4512 legislated by the Greek government. According to DOE, this law includes prerequisite measures and prior actions which serve as basis for the third assessment such as interfering with the right to strike, the extension of the electronic auctions to cases of public debt (tax and insurance debt starting from €500,00) as well as the criteria and the timeline for the forthcoming mergers of school units starting in the school year 2018-2019.

With the presentation of this report, CSI- CSIF intends to raise awareness about the climate of tension in the classrooms and the need to reach a social pact, in which all the stakeholders of the educational community, media, politicians, civil society and partners are involved to turn education institutions into spaces of 'zero tolerance' towards any manifestation of violence.

On 22 January 2018, in Brussels, the first Advisory Group Meeting to kick off the new ETUCE-led project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education” took place. This two-year project, co-funded by the European Commission, is carried out with the aim of providing a joint response from social partners in education to ensure the successful inclusion of students from migrant background in Europe.

On 16 January 2018, the Free Trade Union Federation in Education (FSLI), one of the ETUCE member organisations in Romania, called on the government officials in Romania to face their responsibility and not to drive the country into economic and social instability.

On 24 December 2017, the Turkish government issued two new decree laws, resulting in 2,756 public employees being deprived of work. Egitim Sen reported that almost 138 dismissed workers were affiliated to KESK (Confederation of Public Employees’ Trade Unions), including 33 Egitim Sen members. According to Egitim Sen, only 114 public employees have been reinstated in their duties.

In the context of the EU-funded project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education”, ETUCE requires a contactor providing an external and objective scientific perspective and expertise on effective measures to support the integration of migrants and refugees in education.