In a knowledge-based society and economy, education trade unions shall represent all aspects, interests and concerns of the employees in the education sector,  including their professional needs. The ETUCE project “Education Trade Unions for the Teaching Profession. Strengthening the capacity of education trade unions to represent teachers’ professional needs in social dialogue” seeks to build the capacity of education trade unions to represent teachers’ professional needs and to enhance teachers’ professional issues as a crucial matter of social dialogue in the education sector. This comes at a time when teachers are faced with challenges, both at EU and transnational level, in relation to changes in the labour market, teaching profession, and social dialogue. The project continues the work that ETUCE and its member organisations have achieved in identifying challenges in the teaching profession in times of crisis and in strengthening their involvement in the European Semester.



An on-line survey in three languages (EN, FR, and RU) among ETUCE members in EU/EFTA and candidate countries:

  • to identify national findings related to teachers’ professional needs and their representation, and whether they are a matter of social dialogue;
  • to analyse the role of national and European sectoral social partners in education to negotiate on professional issues of teachers.
Case studies

Three short case studies conducted in three EU member countries (Italy, Germany, and Poland) to share good practices and to represent the diversity in representing teachers’ professional needs among the EU countries.

Training workshops

Three 1.5-day training workshops organised in Rome (EN, IT), Berlin (EN, FR) and Warsaw (EN, PL, RU):

  • to share education unions’ good practices,
  • to discuss the outcomes of the on-line survey,
  • to acquire knowledge and expertise, and
  • to examine how different education trade unions have been engaged in the process of representing teachers’ professional needs in social dialogue.
Final conference

1.5-day closing conference in Brussels with expected 80 participants from national education trade unions, EFEE and other European stakeholders. The main activities of the conference include:

  • the presentation of the project activities, including the on-line survey report and good practice examples identified;
  • reflections on the project topic by European stakeholders;
  • sectoral working group sessions to discuss and validate the draft practical guidelines supporting ETUCE member organising in strengthening their capacity to represent teachers’ professional needs within social dialogue.
Practical Guidelines

A set of practical guidelines supporting ETUCE member organisations in strengthening their capacity to represent teachers’ professional needs within social dialogue structures. Publication and dissemination of the project outcomes will further contribute to raising awareness among unions and policy makers on the issue.

Advisory Group

The project is led by an Advisory Group who provide guidance and field knowledge, assist in the design of the on-line survey activity, contribute to training workshops and the project conference as well as to the elaboration of the draft practical guidelines and evaluation of results. Advisory Group constitutes of six representatives from the national teacher unions for each level of education:

Early Childhood Education: Ilka Hoffmann, GEW, Germany

Primary education: Dorota Obidniak, ZNP, Poland

Secondary education: Päivi Lyhykäinen, OAJ, Finland

VET: Rossella Benedetti, UIL Scuola, Italy

Higher education: Dita Stefenhagena, LIZDA, Latvia

Adult learning: Tatjana Babrauskiene, FLESTU, Lithuania



EU flagThis project is carried out with the financial support of the European Commission