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On Monday, 8 June 2015 the members of the European Parliament are to debate about the new EU strategy for equality between men and women. The current strategy has defined priorities for action between 2010 and 2015 in the European Union and their member states, such as equal economic independence, equal pay for equal work of equal value and equality in decision making positions. The strategy phases out at the end of 2015. Therefore there is the need for a new strategy.

The European Parliament's president, Martin Schulz, decided yesterday evening to suspend the planned plenary vote on the EP's recommendations on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and to send the amendments back to the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament. Also the plenary discussion was postponed with the tight vote of 183 in favour and 181 against the delay on Wednesday morning. It is now uncertain when the vote will take place.

In May 2015, ETUCE had joined forces with more than 50 civil society organisations  and launched the  'Better Regulation Watchdog' which is a network to protect citizens', workers' and consumers' rights. A few days ago, the Better Regulation Watchdog Network took action and sent an open letter to Members of the European Parliament. The letter was sent in reaction to the European Commission's recent proposal for an Inter-Institutional Agreement and the Commission communication on Better Regulation for Better Results.

The Trade Union of Education and Science of Republic Tajikistan (TUESRT) was founded in 1932 and has been active ever since. TUESRT represents 120,000 members 60,000 of which are students. Research and monitoring had shown that after the disintegration of the Soviet Union retraining of trade union leaders had not been conducted and it was necessary to raise their awareness of the current national legislation.

The major problem the country faces is persistent child labour. According to "Save the Children" the international organisation for the promotion of children's rights, Tajik children end up dropping out of school and engaging in the worst forms of child labour. Many children are forced to work in order to support their families. Approximately 200,000 children aged 10 to 14 are involved in child labour, while 65,000 are even working for no remuneration. 10% of these children do not study.

On 5 June 2015, the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Capacity building project II was successfully kicked off with a first round table meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus. All three Greek Cypriot ETUCE member organisations, OLTEK (Association of Teachers of Technical Education Cyprus), OELMEK (Organisation of Secondary School Teachers of Cyprus) and POED (Cyprus Greek Teachers' Organisation) gathered around the table with a delegation from the Ministry of Education and Culture.