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Young members

Building union power depends on young people. When joining, young and early-stage teachers, researchers and education support personnel may struggle to find a place within their union. We must make sure that they are included and have a voice at all levels of education trade unions.

We work with our member organisations to ensure trade unions meet the needs and expectations of young education workers and that union structures, policies and activities are fully open to them.

Our work in this area

  1. News 2021-06-03

    Trade union renewal in Asia-Pacific to advance educators’ conditions and representation

    Education International’s Asia-Pacific office has launched new research “Union Renewal in the Education Sector: Prospects for the Asia-Pacific report”. This has provided an opportunity to reflect on the need for education unions to overcome challenges, embrace renewal, and seize opportunities offered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Trade union renewal in Asia-Pacific to advance educators’ conditions and representation
  2. News 2020-02-04

    Ireland: Teachers strike for equal pay

    A strike in secondary schools in Ireland has seen hundreds of establishments closed as teachers all over the country demand an end to pay discrimination.

    Ireland: Teachers strike for equal pay
  3. Opinion 2019-10-12

    #youngteachers “To teach, is to commit”, by Khalid El Mahroug (SLFP, Belgium).

    Teaching is just like life: always full of surprises. Too often, however, these surprises give rise to frustration, disappointment and demotivation. But why, you might ask? It’s simple: education is one of society’s essential foundations and we all know that we must invest in it through well thought out and...

    #youngteachers “To teach, is to commit”, by Khalid El Mahroug (SLFP, Belgium).
  4. Opinion 2019-10-10

    #youngteachers “Career attractiveness and resources to foster inclusion”, by Laurent Berck (SNE/CGFP, Luxembourg).

    Luxembourg’s shortage of qualified primary school teachers has often made the front pages in recent years, even though the OECD has once again reported that Luxembourg’s teachers are the best paid. A shortage and an exceptional salary may seem like an inexplicable paradox, even to those of us in Luxembourg,...

    #youngteachers “Career attractiveness and resources to foster inclusion”, by Laurent Berck (SNE/CGFP, Luxembourg).
  5. Opinion 2019-10-09

    #youngteachers “Trade unions at your side!”, by Michal Horník (ČMOS-PS, Czech Republic).

    I have been working in the education sector for five years. It is not a long time but it is not a short time either. I have spent a lot of good time teaching students, cooperating with my colleagues and participating in trade union activities - the activities of The...

    #youngteachers “Trade unions at your side!”, by Michal Horník (ČMOS-PS, Czech Republic).
  6. Opinion 2019-10-06

    #youngteachers “Making education a choice career for young Ghanaians”, by Samuel Rainer Donkor (TEWU, Ghana).

    After completing university with good grades, I had the chance to do the national service: a one-year mandatory service for Ghanaian students who graduate from accredited tertiary institutions which aims at tackling brain-drain and unemployment hence ensuring that various key sectors are adequately resourced. I did it at the Amansie...

    #youngteachers “Making education a choice career for young Ghanaians”, by Samuel Rainer Donkor (TEWU, Ghana).
  7. Opinion 2019-10-05

    #youngteachers “I owe my union activism to my students”, by Anthony Dowling (TUI, Ireland).

    If you are passing through Glasnevin Cemetery on the outskirts of Dublin City Centre, you may come across the noticeable yet simple gravestone of James Larkin. Engraved on it is ‘James Larkin 1876-1947, The Labour Leader’. Larkin’s Gravestone may be simple but the legacy he left behind is much more...

    #youngteachers “I owe my union activism to my students”, by Anthony Dowling (TUI, Ireland).
  8. Opinion 2019-06-27

    "Teacher ethics: ethics of presence", by Eirick Prairat.

    The professionalisation of the teaching profession, initiated at the beginning of the 1990s, was conceived solely in terms of technical skills. There was little talk of ethics at the time. In this text, we would like to show that far from being “an extra soul”, ethics is at the heart...

    "Teacher ethics: ethics of presence", by Eirick Prairat.
  9. Opinion 2019-06-20

    “The Fast Track for Newly Arrived Teachers in Sweden: the union’s perspective”, by Patrik Ribe.

    In 2015 the number of immigrants seeking asylum in Sweden reached record numbers. In total, Sweden received 163 000 asylum seeking refugees that year. For us. as a teachers’ union, it was natural to contribute to the creation of a system that would make good use of the teaching competence...

    “The Fast Track for Newly Arrived Teachers in Sweden: the union’s perspective”, by Patrik Ribe.
  10. News 2018-11-05

    Young African trade unionists unite to develop ways to strengthen unions

    The first Education International regional seminar for young and early stage education unionists has clearly shown the young African education unionists’ commitment to not only increase their involvement in their own unions but also support education policies that promote quality education for all in the region.

    Young African trade unionists unite to develop ways to strengthen unions
  11. Opinion 2017-10-11

    Think Global, Act Local: Perspectives from EI Young Advocates' workshop

    I am a young teacher from New Jersey with over seven years in the classroom. This summer, I traveled to seven different cities to participate in ten different conferences. We had powerful conversations around racial justice in education, progressive movement-building, leadership development, and more. The most impactful experience was the...

    Think Global, Act Local: Perspectives from EI Young Advocates' workshop
  12. News 2016-04-25

    Russia: Exchange and development for young professionals

    During an intensive week of training workshops, lectures, and exchange of experiences, over 200 young teachers from all over Russia and neighbouring countries came together to discuss strategies for on-the-ground trade union work in the Russian Federation and beyond.

    Russia: Exchange and development for young professionals
  13. News 2015-05-19

    Russia: Intensive training for young professionals

    During a week of training, sharing experience and exchange, over 150 young teachers from all over Russia have come together to discuss strategies for on-the-ground trade union work in the Russian Federation’s roughly 60,000 schools.

    Russia: Intensive training for young professionals