Today, representatives of VBE from the state branches of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Sachsen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and other states joined national public services trade unions and confederations in protests in front of the representation of the state of Baden-Württemberg in Berlin. VBE, in partnership with the dbb Beamtenbund und Tarifunion (civil service association), on 20 December 2018, put forward the following claims for the 2019 collective bargaining with the employer association (TdL) of German Länder and the state of Hesse

Education trade unions should design and monitor explicit gender equality policies for the teaching profession, concluded the participants of the first regional seminar of the ETUCE project Social dialogue and gender equality: Empowering education trade unions to address gender equality in the teaching profession through social dialogue, which took place in Rome on 14-15 January 2019.

The beginning of the series of strikes covering education employees at all education levels in Kosovo on 14 January 2019 was marked by large support from the Kosovar education employees. SBASHK reports that the sound action since date has already led to an increase in the number of the trade union membership.“Education employees, who until now, had not been organised in the trade union, have now become members of the SBASHK family. It seems that the entire Kosovar education system is on strike”, stated SBASHK.

Today, is the beginning of a series of strikes in Kosovo organised by ETUCE member organisation in Kosovo, SBASHK.In September 2018, the Government of Kosovo approved a Law on Salaries which foresees new coefficients for the calculation of salaries. According to SBASHK, the adopted Law, which the union strongly criticises, not only places public employees in education in an unequal position in comparison with other employees in the public sector, it also explicitly places them below other professions.

The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Union of Education in Norway are hosting an International Conference entitled Early Childhood Education and Care The Nordic Way in Oslo 26-27 March 2019. Given the increased interest in pedagogies that support children’s formation of broad life-skills and democratic citizenship and the Nordic mastery of this topic, this conference aims to showcase Nordic ECEC policy and pedagogy to a wider international audience of politicians, policy makers, researchers and practitioners.

On November 12th 2018, the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan for Higher Education 2018-2020 was launched by Irish Minister for Higher Education, Ms. Mitchell O’Connor. In addition to this Action Plan, the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative has been launched, which foresees the creation of 45 senior academic posts for women in Higher Education colleges nationwide.