With the help of financial solidarity support, educators in Ukraine once again have a home for their trade union and something to celebrate amidst the ongoing conflict that has divided the country. After their trade union offices in Kiev were burned to the ground a year ago during violent clashes between demonstrators and police, several hundred members of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers (STESU) of Ukraine were left out in the cold with few options.

The Report of the European Commission, a new method to understand Occupational Gender Segregation in European Labour Markets, highlights the influence of the occupational character on gender segregation. Not only the number of women or men working in an occupation, but also whether it is a blue-collar or white-collar occupation, decides about "working conditions, the hours of work, the risks and hazards and the pay". These indicators influence "at least in part, [...] the occupations itself."

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the European Union highlights this year the importance of education for women's empowerment. Women struggle with poverty and with poor working conditions, for example the gender pay gap and difficulties in reaching decision-making positions. To tackle these problems the European Parliament invites you to the committee meeting, celebrating the International Women's Day.

The FSU and its member organisations called for a strike on 3 February 2015. 30 % of secondary school teachers according to the survey carried out by SNES-FSU, voted in favour of a strike action. For Frédérique Rolet, Co-General Secretary of SNES-FSU, « it is necessary that the nation be fully committed to education and its personnel ».

In 2013, the Hungarian government decided to establish the College of Teachers which would later function as a chamber of teachers in Hungary. This news quickly spread in Europe among teacherunions and several ETUCE member organisations expressed their concerns towards this occasion. We asked Ms Piroska Gallo, the president of the biggest Hungarian teacher union, PSZ-SEHUN about the facts.

It is less than three months that the European Commission has launched its Investment Plan for Europe as first guidance on how Europe can overcome the financial and economic crisis. Investments in education and training stand at the core of the general objectives of the financing and investment operations of the Plan. The European Commission thus recognises that high-quality education and training is a key factor for social inclusion and at a later stage translates into economic growth.