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  1. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-12-08

    WIPO’s missed opportunity to produce guidance on copyright exceptions hits education during pandemic

    A legal instrument on copyright exceptions for the use of materials for teaching, learning, research, and the work of cultural heritage organisations is still not available. According to Education International, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) missed an opportunity at its recent Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)...

    Read more WIPO’s missed opportunity to produce guidance on copyright exceptions hits education during pandemic
  2. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2020-11-18

    Asia-Pacific : Global Union Federations in Region Condemn RCEP Trade Agreement

    Education International and six other Global Union Federations joined together in the Asia-Pacific Region to condemn the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), signed on Sunday, 15 November 2020. The trade pact was negotiated in secrecy over more than seven years and many provisions remain unknown. The GUFs cited the danger...

    Read more Asia-Pacific : Global Union Federations in Region Condemn RCEP Trade Agreement
  3. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-11-17

    “Copyright limits and learning: lessons from the covid-19 quarantine”, by Carys Craig.

    Carys J. Craig

    The World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meets this week against the backdrop of a global health crisis that has fundamentally changed the way we teach and learn. Now copyright law must catch up.

    Read more “Copyright limits and learning: lessons from the covid-19 quarantine”, by Carys Craig.
  4. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2020-10-15

    Iraq: Education union demands improvements in the education sector

    On the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, 5 October, the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) called on the government to improve educators’ working and living conditions and the quality of education at all levels.

    Read more Iraq: Education union demands improvements in the education sector
  5. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-06-05

    Post-pandemic economic recovery requires radical rethink and global solidarity, say union bodies

    Many economists predict that the COVID-19 pandemic will produce the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Policies and the details of their implementation will not only determine if economic recovery is successful, but if that recovery accelerates or slows the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals...

    Read more Post-pandemic economic recovery requires radical rethink and global solidarity, say union bodies
  6. Union renewal and development 2020-04-26

    World Intellectual Property Day: Open access to research and educational resources is imperative during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

    On World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April, Education International calls for copyright legislation to be urgently updated to ensure open access to research and education materials for teachers and researchers across the world. This need has been intensified by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has caused an unprecedented disruption in...

    Read more World Intellectual Property Day: Open access to research and educational resources is imperative during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
  7. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-04-25

    “Intellectual property in times of Coronavirus”, by Yamile Socolovsky.

    Yamile Socolovsky

    The measures taken by most governments to try to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have been varied, and in some cases inadequate or too late. But almost everywhere in the world, cessation of face-to-face educational activities at all levels has been the rule.

    Read more “Intellectual property in times of Coronavirus”, by Yamile Socolovsky.
  8. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-02-27

    South Africa: Educators demand end to copyright ‘apartheid’

    The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) has staged a protest urging the government to sign a Copyright Amendment Bill that will improve access to quality education materials.

    Read more South Africa: Educators demand end to copyright ‘apartheid’
  9. Union renewal and development 2019-11-08

    WIPO: 2019 copyright debates on education and research fuel controversies

    Educators at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have advocated for exceptions and limitations and for an international instrument that will regulate education and research.

    Read more WIPO: 2019 copyright debates on education and research fuel controversies
  10. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-10-17

    “Higher ambitions for education and copyright in Africa and the world”, by Mugwena Maluleke.

    Mugwena Maluleke

    African nations actively participated in the development of the Sustainable Development Agenda that acknowledged the centrality of education in the achievement of all other plans for a better world. Like other nations of the world, they committed to the provision of a single, renewed education agenda that is holistic, ambitious...

    Read more “Higher ambitions for education and copyright in Africa and the world”, by Mugwena Maluleke.
  11. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-09-26

    Right to authorship, by Yamile Socolovsky

    Yamile Socolovsky

    Education International's decision to encourage discussion of an International Treaty concerning the exceptions and limitations to copyright for educational and research activities is both timely and necessary. The obstacles imposed on these activities by the excessively restrictive regulations in this area become remarkably difficult to overcome in the current context,...

    Read more Right to authorship, by Yamile Socolovsky
  12. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-09-12

    “Copyright Issues and Teachers' Dilemma in Asia Pacific”, by Dr. Robert Jeyakumar.

    Dr. Robert Jeyakumar

    I woke up in Budapest on a fine summer morning to deliver a lecture using materials I had prepared in Malaysia in accordance with copyright exceptions allowed in Malaysia. Just before the lecture, I was informed that my materials did not conform to copyright laws in the EU. Dismay! This...

    Read more “Copyright Issues and Teachers' Dilemma in Asia Pacific”, by Dr. Robert Jeyakumar.
  13. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2019-07-26

    Educators’ unions in Australia and the EU call for education to be carved out of trade negotiations

    During the Education International (EI) 8th World Congress, affiliated educators’ unions in Australia and the European Union issued a statement calling for the Australian government and the European Commission to be more transparent in ongoing negotiations on the potential free trade agreement and to explicitly carve out education from the...

    Read more Educators’ unions in Australia and the EU call for education to be carved out of trade negotiations
  14. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-06-17

    Official UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources moves one step further

    Education International welcomes UNESCO global commitment to advancing access to works for teaching and learning through expanding access to quality and locally relevant open educational resources.

    Read more Official UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources moves one step further
  15. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2019-06-13

    Former EI President Thulas Nxesi appointed to South Africa’s cabinet

    Education international and the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union welcome the decision of the President of South Africa’s to appoint former President of Education International, Cde Thulas Nxesi, to the Cabinet of South Africa as Minister of Labour and Employment.

    Read more Former EI President Thulas Nxesi appointed to South Africa’s cabinet
  16. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-05-23

    Asia-Pacific region calls for international action on copyright

    International action is essential in order to address the challenges that educators and researchers face when working with copyright-protected materials. That was the finding of a recent regional seminar on copyright exceptions for education, research, libraries, archives and museums.

    Read more Asia-Pacific region calls for international action on copyright
  17. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-04-25

    “Let’s spark a global discussion on copyright exceptions for education and research!”, by David Edwards

    David Edwards

    Today it’s World Intellectual Property Day – a good day to remind us that it’s time to reform copyright law. We need action to change copyright systems that are hindering free expression and failing to promote diverse and prosperous societies for the benefit of all.

    Read more “Let’s spark a global discussion on copyright exceptions for education and research!”, by David Edwards
  18. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-04-01

    EU Copyright Directive: mixed outcomes for educators

    On March 28, the European Parliament adopted the much discussed EU copyright directive, which will have an impact on teaching and learning.

    Read more EU Copyright Directive: mixed outcomes for educators
  19. Union renewal and development 2019-03-19

    EU copyright reform: why educators and citizens should worry

    The new EU copyright reform will change the way citizens and educators share, communicate, learn and create knowledge, putting democratic dialogue at risk according to Education International.

    Read more EU copyright reform: why educators and citizens should worry
  20. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-12-14

    Slow progress on copyright in education and research at the World Intellectual Property Organisation

    Advancing an international copyright exception for education and research and involving education unions in related discussions were the key messages imparted by Education International (EI) to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

    Read more Slow progress on copyright in education and research at the World Intellectual Property Organisation
  21. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2018-12-13

    Philippines: union leaders united around gender equality and improving campaign capacities

    The annual evaluation and planning meeting of the Philippines’s women’s network bringing together Education International’s affiliates in this country has taken stock of gender and diversity issues and reinforced the education unions’ capacities and advocacy skills.

    Read more Philippines: union leaders united around gender equality and improving campaign capacities
  22. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-11-13

    Elsevier: putting a price on knowledge

    In its most recent publication, Education International examines the publishing giant Elsevier, whose success on the market is based on ethically questionable practices which endanger the transmission of knowledge and its condition as a public good.

    Read more Elsevier: putting a price on knowledge
  23. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2018-10-11

    Unions act to secure tax justice to secure workers’ rights

    Addressing tax avoidance by multinational companies was the focus of trade unions from all over the world at a recent seminar.

    Read more Unions act to secure tax justice to secure workers’ rights
  24. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-10-01

    EI endorses Draft Treaty on Copyright Exceptions in Education

    At the recent Fifth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, Education International was one of the endorsing parties of a draft global treaty in support of better copyright legislation for education and research.

    Read more EI endorses Draft Treaty on Copyright Exceptions in Education
  25. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-08-24

    Statement to the G20 Education and Employment Ministers

    As the voice of the world’s educators, we welcome the inclusion of education as a priority for the G20, and hope the commitment to education will be ensured moving forward into Japan in 2019.

    Read more Statement to the G20 Education and Employment Ministers
  26. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2018-07-17

    Educators in the EU and Japan demand education be left out of trade agreement

    On the occasion of the signature of the European Union-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, Education International firmly supports its European and Japanese members, reasserting that education must be explicitly carved out of such international trade agreements.

    Read more Educators in the EU and Japan demand education be left out of trade agreement
  27. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2018-07-09

    Postponed European legislative debate on copyright; an opportunity to improve educational exception

    The European Parliament’s decision to submit the reform of the copyright legislation in the European Union to a full public debate in plenary in September gives civil society and education unions a chance to push for the desired open, broad and flexible EU copyright educational exception.

    Read more Postponed European legislative debate on copyright; an opportunity to improve educational exception
  28. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2018-06-19

    “Between hope and despair in the EU copyright reform- What's in it for education?”, by Nikola Wachter

    Nikola Wachter

    I am a teacher by training and I am concerned about the current European Union copyright reform. I am familiar with the day to day practices of preparing lessons, the search for the best picture, text snippet, piece of music or video that will help me to explain a certain...

    Read more “Between hope and despair in the EU copyright reform- What's in it for education?”, by Nikola Wachter
  29. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-06-14

    Education issues high on the WIPO agenda

    Through statements in plenary, organising a side event, meeting with delegates and collaborating with other civil society actors, Education International has reaffirmed the importance of advancing on international copyright exceptions at the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

    Read more Education issues high on the WIPO agenda
  30. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2018-05-08

    #ResNet: "Wheeling and Dealing in Education and Global Trade Agreements", by Susan L. Robertson

    Susan Robertson

    As the minutes ticked down toward the final boarding call for my late evening train from London to Brussels, I was furiously typing up notes from a research report I had just read on the Trade in Services Agreement, otherwise known as TISA. The young man sitting next to me...

    Read more #ResNet: "Wheeling and Dealing in Education and Global Trade Agreements", by Susan L. Robertson
  31. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-04-25

    Ready for Real Change? Copyright, Education and the Quest for Equality , by Carys Craig

    Carys J. Craig

    April 26th is World Intellectual Property Day, the 2018 theme for which is ‘Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity.’ While, truth be told, the day itself typically strikes me as an awkward effort by the World Intellectual Property Organization [WIPO] to celebrate the protection of intellectual property [IP] for...

    Read more Ready for Real Change? Copyright, Education and the Quest for Equality , by Carys Craig
  32. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-04-12

    The EU Copyright reform: Education ministries should play a stronger role in the copyright reform process to secure public interest, by Damjan Harisch

    Damjan Harisch

    The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia (Ministry) has taken keen interest in the EU Copyright reform, which was initiated by the EU Commission through a Proposal for a Directive on Copyrights in the digital single market in September 2016, following several years of public...

    Read more The EU Copyright reform: Education ministries should play a stronger role in the copyright reform process to secure public interest, by Damjan Harisch
  33. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-04-11

    Canada’s copyright regime -- who’s afraid of fair dealing? by David Robinson

    David Robinson

    If you’re looking for a cure for insomnia, then perusing Canada’s Copyright Act[1] might just be what the doctor ordered. The Act weighs in at a hefty 176 pages of dense legal text that is sure to induce somnolent yearnings in even the most caffeinated reader. On the other hand,...

    Read more Canada’s copyright regime -- who’s afraid of fair dealing? by David Robinson
  34. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-04-10

    Copyright and education: unequal conditions for teaching and learning in Europe, by Teresa Nobre

    Teresa Nobre

    What can a teacher do in a classroom with a poem, a video, an artwork or a piece of music created by someone else? From early childhood education to higher education, literary and artistic works can be used by teachers, academics and researchers, education support personnel and students for educational...

    Read more Copyright and education: unequal conditions for teaching and learning in Europe, by Teresa Nobre
  35. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-04-05

    Education and copyright. It matters to you!

    (YES you can share these images and videos with your students, colleagues and anyone! But that is not always the case.)

    Read more Education and copyright. It matters to you!
  36. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-03-28

    Open access to research highlighted at CIES conference

    Education International and its affiliates’ work on open science and the publishing industry was showcased at this year’s Comparative International Education Society (CIES) conference.

    Read more Open access to research highlighted at CIES conference
  37. Union renewal and development 2017-11-21

    EI advocates for affordable access to educational materials

    Education International (EI) has brought the voice of educators to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), with a strong call for wider access and exceptions with regards to copyright in education.

    Read more EI advocates for affordable access to educational materials
  38. Union renewal and development 2017-09-22

    EI promotes quality open educational resources

    Representatives from Education International and its member organisations have stressed the links between quality education and open educational resources at the second Open Educational Resources conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    Read more EI promotes quality open educational resources
  39. Union renewal and development 2017-07-28

    Seminar on copyright in education reveals complex ownership system

    “Who owns knowledge?” was the question at the core of a seminar on copyright in education, the first of its kind to bring education unions and copyright experts together at EI’s headquarters in Brussels.

    Read more Seminar on copyright in education reveals complex ownership system
  40. Union renewal and development 2017-07-06

    Battle over academic knowledge ownership heats up

    International attention is increasingly focusing on the issues created by restricted access to knowledge, an issue also highlighted by Education International at a recent higher education conference.

    Read more Battle over academic knowledge ownership heats up
  41. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-06-15

    Copyright and education at WIPO

    Teresa Nobre

    The World Intellectual Property Organization Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is currently engaged in discussing, at an international level, limitations and exceptions to copyright, including for educational purposes.

    Read more Copyright and education at WIPO
  42. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2017-06-14

    Education unionist elected onto ILO’s governing body

    Amanda Brown, the Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, has been elected onto the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation as part of the workers’ group.

    Read more Education unionist elected onto ILO’s governing body
  43. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2017-06-05

    The CETA’s “Investment Court System”: A Supreme Tribunal to Protect the Wealth of Foreign Nationals

    Gus Van Harten

    Imagine if governments proposed a supreme tribunal for the world. The tribunal would have the power to review anything countries can do in their sovereign role. It could review countries’ laws and regulations at any level. It could review the judgments of their highest courts.

    Read more The CETA’s “Investment Court System”: A Supreme Tribunal to Protect the Wealth of Foreign Nationals
  44. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-05-01

    This May Day, why not try solidarity?

    As the occasion to celebrate and reaffirm the value and values of trade unions, from which their principles continue to inspire, today must also serve as a lens to carefully examine our societies and institutions.

    Read more This May Day, why not try solidarity?
  45. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2017-04-12

    The Syrian refugee crisis is promoting a surge in privatisation

    The interplay between crisis and private profit in the education sector is highlighted in a new study that focuses on the refugee crisis in Syria and the access to education of almost one million displaced children.

    Read more The Syrian refugee crisis is promoting a surge in privatisation
  46. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2017-02-17

    Europe: Educators to continue fight against CETA

    After the European Parliament voted in favour of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, educators will continue to fight this treaty that threatens to erode public education.

    Read more Europe: Educators to continue fight against CETA
  47. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2017-01-13

    Facing up to the WTO summit, the Peoples’ Summit

    The CTERA, the trade union confederation and affiliate of Educational International in Argentina, raised its voice against the commodification and privatisation of education at the ‘Peoples’ Summit’, which took place in Buenos Aires.

    Read more Facing up to the WTO summit, the Peoples’ Summit
  48. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2016-11-02

    Education unionists deeply concerned about CETA signature

    Education International, together with international institutions, is worried about the effects on public services, including education, and limitations to public policy space after the signature of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

    Read more Education unionists deeply concerned about CETA signature
  49. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2016-09-12

    Slovenia: education union urges parliament not to sign EU free trade agreement with Canada

    With the possible signing of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement looming, the Education, Science, and Culture Trade Union of Slovenia has warned the national parliamentarians of the negative impact of this agreement.

    Read more Slovenia: education union urges parliament not to sign EU free trade agreement with Canada
  50. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2016-07-13

    Students' and teachers’ unions call for education to be carved out from global trade agreements

    Education International (EI) and the European Students' Union (ESU) urge governments in Europe, the United States, and beyond, to explicitly carve out education from global trade agreements such as the TTIP, the Trade in Services Agreement and the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

    Read more Students' and teachers’ unions call for education to be carved out from global trade agreements
  51. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2016-06-22

    Public Service Day celebrated as momentum to oppose trade deals grows

    As unions and civil society take a moment to mark Public Services Day the the on-going global campaign against international trade agreements that undermine the provision of public services everywhere continues to gain traction.

    Read more Public Service Day celebrated as momentum to oppose trade deals grows
  52. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2016-06-01

    Teachers’ unions: carve education out of TiSA

    With the Trade in Services negotiations accelerating, teachers’ unions are urging their governments to demand a democratic negotiation process and the carving out of education and other public services from the agreement.

    Read more Teachers’ unions: carve education out of TiSA
  53. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2016-05-04

    Loud opposition by unions to secretly negotiated trade and investment agreements

    Whether in Germany or Belgium, education unionists have clearly reaffirmed their opposition to the possible serious impacts to the education sector and other public services through its inclusion in new trade and investment agreements.

    Read more Loud opposition by unions to secretly negotiated trade and investment agreements
  54. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2016-02-01

    Always Learning

    Always Learning

    Read more Always Learning
  55. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2016-02-01

    Reforms and teachers

    Read more Reforms and teachers
  56. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2016-02-01

    Selling out the Right to Quality Public Education for All

    In this issue we bring together scholars, educators and advocates who have been working with EI in a global anti-privatisation effort. These scholars are working around the world to raise awareness about how and why education is being placed in the hands of corporations or “edu-preneurs”, instead of educators. The...

    Read more Selling out the Right to Quality Public Education for All
  57. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2016-01-29

    Global teacher unions say ‘no’ to Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Led by Education International, teacher unions are urging their governments to carve-out education from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement on the eve of the official signing.

    Read more Global teacher unions say ‘no’ to Trans-Pacific Partnership
  58. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2015-11-10

    Brace for more austerity in 2016, warns the International Labour Organisation

    A worrisome second adjustment shock and ensuing austerity measures are expected to start in 2016 and hit 132 countries, mostly in the developing world, the yearly update on austerity of the International Labour Organisation shows.

    Read more Brace for more austerity in 2016, warns the International Labour Organisation
  59. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2015-10-22

    UK families forced to choose between school uniforms and food

    A UK report shows that the mounting cost of school uniforms has led to the families of more than one million children to cut back on food spending and basic essentials.

    Read more UK families forced to choose between school uniforms and food
  60. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2015-10-14

    Germany: Education unions join in massive protest against EU-US trade deal

    An alliance of civil society organisations, including trade unions, mobilised more than 150,000 people to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, making it the biggest manifestation the country has seen in decades.

    Read more Germany: Education unions join in massive protest against EU-US trade deal
  61. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2015-10-14

    Germany: Education unions join in massive protest against EU-US trade deal

    An alliance of civil society organisations, including trade unions, mobilised more than 150,000 people to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, making it the biggest manifestation the country has seen in decades.

    Read more Germany: Education unions join in massive protest against EU-US trade deal
  62. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2015-09-23

    Global Labour Tax Summit: fairer taxation for quality education

    The Global Labour Tax Summit, held in Geneva, Switzerland, recently, stressed that current fiscal laxity is one of the main causes of growing inequality and chronic underfunding of public services in our societies.

    Read more Global Labour Tax Summit: fairer taxation for quality education
  63. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2015-03-06

    Lifting the veil of secrecy blanketing education in free trade talks

    Calling for full transparency, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the Trade in Services Agreement negotiations has made it clear that public services, including education, are not for sale and must be taken off the table.

    Read more Lifting the veil of secrecy blanketing education in free trade talks
  64. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2015-01-15

    European unions: education is a public good, not a commodity

    Keeping public services, including education, out of potential trade pacts is priority number one of unions from across Europe as they meet in Vienna to challenge the liberalisation agenda.

    Read more European unions: education is a public good, not a commodity
  65. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-11-28

    Civil society condemns emphasis on privatisation in MDGs Africa Progress Report

    In a joint statement released today in Marrakech at the Education Forum of the World Human Rights Forum, more than 30 African and international civil society organisations have raised serious concerns about the emphasis on private sector involvement in education in Africa in a recent report.

    Read more Civil society condemns emphasis on privatisation in MDGs Africa Progress Report
  66. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-10-29

    ETUCE response to the European Ombudsman’s public consultation on transparency of TTIP negotiations

    The European Ombudsman runs a public consultation on transparency of the TTIP negotiations until 31 October. ETUCE has continuously requested the European Commission to improve transparency in relation to the TTIP negotiations and to involve stakeholders in an active and meaningful way.

    Read more ETUCE response to the European Ombudsman’s public consultation on transparency of TTIP negotiations
  67. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-10-17

    Positioning School Leadership in the Agenda for School Reforms

    Members of the European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL) network met in Nice on 25 -26 September 2014 to discuss the implementation of priorities for the development of school leadership to validate reflection tools for school leadership policy design and to share good practices.

    Read more Positioning School Leadership in the Agenda for School Reforms
  68. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-10-17

    Education and other public services - an increasingly controversial issue in TTIP

    The 7th round of the TTIP negotiations between the EU and the US closed on 3 October 2014. During the joint press conference both the US and the EU chief negotiators , addressed specifically the issue of public services and claimed that public services would not be affected by TTIP....

    Read more Education and other public services - an increasingly controversial issue in TTIP
  69. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-09-30

    European Ombudsman opens public consultation on TTIP transparency

    The public consultation on transparency of the TTIP negotiations by the European Ombudsman runs until 31 October 2014. Submissions can be made in any of the 24 official EU languages and can be provided by email, letter or fax.

    Read more European Ombudsman opens public consultation on TTIP transparency
  70. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-08-26

    Australia: Independent Public Schools drive is a failed policy, says education union

    The Australian Education Union (AEU), one of EI’s national affiliates, has reacted to the State of Tasmania’s indication that it did not support the Abbott Government’s plan to create a two-tier public school system.

    Read more Australia: Independent Public Schools drive is a failed policy, says education union
  71. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-08-11

    UK: At free schools, there’s no such thing as a free lunch

    A new study says that the Government’s free school programme implemented in disadvantaged areas is failing the poorest children it was created to serve in order to avoid paying for lunches.

    Read more UK: At free schools, there’s no such thing as a free lunch
  72. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-07-01

    Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a threat to quality education

    Last week, Wikileaks released the secret draft text of the TiSA annex on financial services that has highlighted concerns about how the deal will be used to deregulate the financial sector at a time when stricter rules are needed to avoid a repeat of the recent crisis. Read ETUCE's Press...

    Read more Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a threat to quality education
  73. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-06-16

    ETUCE Guidelines to the EC’s public consultation on modalities for investment protection and ISDS in TTIP

    The European Commission runs a public consultation on investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in TTIP until 6 July 2014. ETUCE strongly encourage all member organisations to respond to the consultation. Therefore, ETUCE has drafted a set of guidelines to the European Commission’s public consultation on modalities for investment...

    Read more ETUCE Guidelines to the EC’s public consultation on modalities for investment protection and ISDS in TTIP
  74. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-06-05

    Teacher trade unions in Europe and the United States call on President Obama and President of the European Commission Barroso to safeguard quality education in TTIP

    A common letter by Education International, ETUCE, AFT and NEA calls on US President Obama and President of the European Commission Barroso to safeguard quality education in TTIP.

    Read more Teacher trade unions in Europe and the United States call on President Obama and President of the European Commission Barroso to safeguard quality education in TTIP
  75. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-06-04

    International Trade Partnership threatens public education

    The European and US member organisations of Education International have joined their voices to those of the AFL-CIO and the European Trade Union Confederation, who have raised concerns about the scope and effects of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is under negotiation currently between representatives of...

    Read more International Trade Partnership threatens public education
  76. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-05-15

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

    The controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive trade agreement currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. During his visit to Brussels on 26 March 2014 for the EU-US Summit, U.S. President Barack Obama tried to reassure critics that the trade agreement will...

    Read more The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
  77. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-05-14

    The way forward

    The ETUCE Committee adopted the ETUCE Statement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on 15 April 2014. The statement demands that education is entirely excluded from the TTIP negotiations. It is central to get this message broadly across the EU. ETUCE has therefore asked all member organisations in the...

    Read more The way forward
  78. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-05-14

    The main issues at stake regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

    The TTIP is unprecedented because of its very broad scope. The negotiators intend to cover areas that have traditionally been beyond the purview of trade treaties. Consequently, there are a number of issues of general concern such as the secrecy of the TTIP negotiations, the assumptions of growth and jobs,...

    Read more The main issues at stake regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
  79. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-05-14

    Existing problems with propriety and for-profit schools and colleges

    The existing problems with proprietary and for-profit school and colleges in the US give a clear indication of the kind of problems that can be anticipated. A number of reports have investigated the problems with these institutions.

    Read more Existing problems with propriety and for-profit schools and colleges
  80. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-05-14

    Education and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

    During the fourth round of negotiations it became evident that education is being targeted in the trade deal. The US chief negotiator, Dan Mullaney, said the US is aiming to expand access of US for-profit companies to all European service sectors including higher, adult and other education services. At the...

    Read more Education and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
  81. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-05-06

    Journée de l’Europe

    Journée de l’Europe

    Read more Journée de l’Europe
  82. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-05-06

    New ETUCE Webpage on TTIP

    ETUCE launched a new webpage where you can find information on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. What is the TTIP?, What does it cover?, Will Education be covered? Find all the answers to these questions here.

    Read more New ETUCE Webpage on TTIP
  83. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-03-25

    European teachers and students raise concerns with US-EU trade partnership

    Negotiators from the European Union and the United States met in Brussels on 10-14 March to continue the controversial talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

    Read more European teachers and students raise concerns with US-EU trade partnership
  84. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-03-14

    European teachers and students raise concerns with US-EU trade partnership

    Organisations representing teachers and students from across Europe are expressing concern about the potential impact of a proposed EU-US free trade deal. Negotiators from the European Union and the United States met in Brussels this week to continue controversial talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The goal...

    Read more European teachers and students raise concerns with US-EU trade partnership
  85. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2014-02-25

    TTIP entering "heart of negotiations"

    On 17-18 February, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and United States Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman met for a political stocktaking exercise in Washington, D.C. on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

    Read more TTIP entering "heart of negotiations"
  86. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2013-12-10

    EI: Education is not a tradable commodity

    EI has joined the international trade union movement in criticizing a new agreement on global trade rules that is unbalanced and threatens to put new pressures on public services like health care and education.

    Read more EI: Education is not a tradable commodity
  87. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2013-08-21

    TISA, a threat to free quality public education

    EI has sent out a briefing note on the Trade in International Services Agreement (TISA) to its affiliates, informing them about these trade negotiations that threaten to liberalise public services like healthcare and education.

    Read more TISA, a threat to free quality public education
  88. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2013-07-05

    Negotiations begin on new services deal

    Trade talks aimed at developing a new global services pact have begun following an agreement on a negotiating framework earlier this year.

    Read more Negotiations begin on new services deal
  89. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2013-07-05

    Brazilian ambassador to take WTO helm

    Members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have formally appointed Brazil’s Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo as the group’s next director general, capping a six-month leadership contest.

    Read more Brazilian ambassador to take WTO helm
  90. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2013-07-05

    EU ministers seek cultural protections in talks with U.S.

    A group of 14 cultural ministers of the European Union are demanding that audio-visual services be excluded as a “cultural exemption” from planned free trade talks with the United States.

    Read more EU ministers seek cultural protections in talks with U.S.
  91. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2013-06-25

    EI urges support for the treaty on access to printed materials for the visually impaired

    EI has called on the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to conclude a new treaty allowing those with visual disabilities to have better access to print materials.

    Read more EI urges support for the treaty on access to printed materials for the visually impaired
  92. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2013-02-18

    Canada: Teachers’ guide to copyright released

    The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), one of EI’s national affiliates, has released the third edition of ‘Copyright Matters! Some Key Questions and Answers for Teachers’. The publication takes into account key changes that have occurred in the area of copyright since the previous edition, published in 2005.

    Read more Canada: Teachers’ guide to copyright released
  93. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-12-03

    Concerns raised over TPP proposals on copyright

    A number of groups are warning that a potential new trade deal could force countries across the Pacific region to impose new restrictions on copyright.

    Read more Concerns raised over TPP proposals on copyright
  94. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-12-03

    Europe and the United States eye free trade pact

    The European Union and the United States are set to launch talks early next year that officials say will create a trading bloc representing about half of the world’s economic output and nearly a third of global trade.

    Read more Europe and the United States eye free trade pact
  95. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-12-03

    Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement

    With World Trade Organisation negotiations stuck in neutral, a group of key WTO countries has launched a separate set of talks aimed at creating an International Services Agreement (ISA).

    Read more Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement
  96. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-12-03

    Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement

    With World Trade Organisation negotiations stuck in neutral, a group of key WTO countries has launched a separate set of talks aimed at creating an International Services Agreement (ISA).

    Read more Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement
  97. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-12-03

    Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement

    With World Trade Organisation negotiations stuck in neutral, a group of key WTO countries has launched a separate set of talks aimed at creating an International Services Agreement (ISA).

    Read more Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement
  98. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-07-18

    UK: Unions condemn plans to open more free schools

    The two largest of EI’s national affiliates in the UK, the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT), have strongly reacted against Downing Street's plans to open a further 100 free schools in England from next year onwards.

    Read more UK: Unions condemn plans to open more free schools
  99. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-06-08

    Developing countries frustrated by slow progress at WIPO

    A group of developing countries is calling on the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) to step up efforts to fully implement the Development Agenda adopted in 2007.

    Read more Developing countries frustrated by slow progress at WIPO
  100. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-06-08

    U.S. law professors slam Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

    Concerns over the secrecy and substance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations prompted 32 leading American legal scholars to send a letter to the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) demanding transparency in the process.

    Read more U.S. law professors slam Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
  101. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-06-08

    Rising opposition to ACTA in Europe

    The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is facing a growing backlash in Europe. On 31 May, all three committees of the European Parliament advising the International Trade Committee recommended rejecting the deal.

    Read more Rising opposition to ACTA in Europe
  102. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-06-08

    New global services talks launched

    A group of countries billing themselves as the “Really Good Friends of Services” have agreed to start negotiations on an ambitious new global free trade agreement covering all service sectors. Meeting in Geneva at the end of May, the group agreed in principle to begin talks on a new International...

    Read more New global services talks launched
  103. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-01-27

    After nearly two decades of negotiations, Russia was formally welcomed into the WTO fold at the Ministerial Conference in December.

    In joining the WTO, Russia had to modify nearly 300 pieces of legislation to conform with international trade rules, and agreed to lower tariffs across a number of industrial sectors and to reduce agricultural subsidies on dairy products and cereals.

    Read more After nearly two decades of negotiations, Russia was formally welcomed into the WTO fold at the Ministerial Conference in December.
  104. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-01-27

    Lamy and UN expert squabble over food security

    A public spate broke out between WTO Director General Pascal Lamy and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, during the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference in December.

    Read more Lamy and UN expert squabble over food security
  105. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-01-20

    WTO Ministerial reveals widening gap between rich and poor

    The 8th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference concluded on December 17th after 3 days of high level meetings exposed deepening divisions between developed and developing nations.

    Read more WTO Ministerial reveals widening gap between rich and poor
  106. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2012-01-10

    UK: education unions oppose Government’s forced academy programme

    EI’s UK affiliates, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), have deplored the fact that the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is pushing ahead with plans to have schools taken over by outside sponsors and removed from the control of the...

    Read more UK: education unions oppose Government’s forced academy programme
  107. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-12-19

    EI brings the voice of teachers at the WTO Ministerial Conference

    The 8th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15-17 December. EI joined the international trade union movement in warning of growing social unrest, rising inequality, and increased hardship if trade liberalisation continues in its current form.

    Read more EI brings the voice of teachers at the WTO Ministerial Conference
  108. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-09-27

    International financial summit backs unions’ priorities

    The final communiqué of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Financial Committee has taken heed of warnings from Global Unions to acknowledge that ‘the global economy has entered a dangerous phase’ and support calls for ‘bold action from members and the IMF’.

    Read more International financial summit backs unions’ priorities
  109. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-09-16

    Ahead of Ministerial Conference, WTO talks remain deadlocked

    With a biannual meeting of the world’s trade ministers set for December in Geneva, negotiations to liberalise global trade show little sign of progress.

    Read more Ahead of Ministerial Conference, WTO talks remain deadlocked
  110. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-09-16

    Report warns on public services in Canada-EU trade talks

    A new report commissioned for the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour says the European Union is weakening protections for public services like education in current trade negotiations with Canada.

    Read more Report warns on public services in Canada-EU trade talks
  111. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-09-16

    UNCTAD criticizes austerity measures

    In its annual trade report released in September, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development sharply criticised those developed countries that have adopted austerity measures.

    Read more UNCTAD criticizes austerity measures
  112. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-09-12

    Global Unions urge the IMF and World Bank to prioritise employment

    EI has endorsed the Global Unions statement for the 2011 annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, to be held in Washington, USA, from 25-26 September.

    Read more Global Unions urge the IMF and World Bank to prioritise employment
  113. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-07-05

    Chile: Thousands march to demand investment in education

    Police attacked the demonstrators with tear gas and water cannon. The students are demanding an increase in the proportion of GDP which is spent on education from four per cent to seven per cent. The demonstrators are also calling for the state to take back control of public schools from...

    Read more Chile: Thousands march to demand investment in education
  114. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-06-16

    USA: Education union vows to back Obama to defend education

    With the United States presidential elections a little over a year away, EI’s largest U.S. affiliate, the National Education Association (NEA), has set out proposals for a strategy to invest $60 million into a campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama.

    Read more USA: Education union vows to back Obama to defend education
  115. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-04-28

    EI insists on education services being excluded from trade agreements

    Teacher unionists are deeply involved in the make or break talks being held this week in Geneva, Switzerland, in what many see as the last attempt to rescue the troubled Doha Round of international trade negotiations.

    Read more EI insists on education services being excluded from trade agreements
  116. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-03-25

    G20 fails to address fundamentals – including investment in education

    The G20 Summit held in Seoul, Korea, on 11-12 November was marked by growing tensions between the world’s two biggest economies – the United States and China – and a failure to address fundamental issues required for sustainable growth and prosperity – including investment in education.

    Read more G20 fails to address fundamentals – including investment in education
  117. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-03-10

    WTO Talks Falter in Face of New Deadline

    Talks aimed at liberalizing the global trade in goods, agricultural products and services are once again in trouble as negotiators have been unable to bridge their differences despite an intensive week-long push to reach a solution.

    Read more WTO Talks Falter in Face of New Deadline
  118. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-03-10

    Progress cited in domestic regulation talks

    While overall negotiations remain stalled, officials cited some progress in other aspects of the Doha Round, including controversial talks aimed at developing new legally-binding disciplines for domestic regulations that may affect trade.

    Read more Progress cited in domestic regulation talks
  119. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-03-10

    Is there a future for Doha?

    While acknowledging that the end of year deadline to conclude the talks is extremely tight, Mexican Ambassador de Mateo was somewhat optimistic that a conclusion this year would be possible.

    Read more Is there a future for Doha?
  120. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2011-01-04

    Unaccountable ‘free schools’ are not wanted say teachers

    A survey of British parents conducted by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), an EI affiliate, has found that a majority of new ‘free schools’ being opened in England are not wanted or needed.

    Read more Unaccountable ‘free schools’ are not wanted say teachers
  121. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-10-28

    ACTA: Deal or no deal?

    What’s been described as a near final draft of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was released in October amidst confusion over whether a deal had in fact been reached.

    Read more ACTA: Deal or no deal?
  122. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-10-28

    EU and Malaysia launch free trade talks

    The launch of negotiations follows an impasse in talks between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that began in 2007.

    Read more EU and Malaysia launch free trade talks
  123. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-10-28

    South Africa to support EU trade partnership

    In an apparent about-turn, South African officials now say they are prepared to conclude an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the five-nation South African Customs Union (SACU) by the year’s end.

    Read more South Africa to support EU trade partnership
  124. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-10-28

    Study warns of environmental impact from Canada-EU trade pact

    A report released the end of August cautions a comprehensive free trade deal between Canada and the European Union could lead to rising greenhouse gas emissions, privatization of water services, and disruptions to "First Nations" communities.

    Read more Study warns of environmental impact from Canada-EU trade pact
  125. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-07-20

    Developing countries denounce ACTA

    Opposition to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in the developing world is mounting, with India and China formally raising complaints last month at the World Trade Organization.

    Read more Developing countries denounce ACTA
  126. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-07-20

    G-20 drop Doha deadline

    The declaration issued by the leaders of the 20 largest economies meeting in Toronto, Canada in June repeated the group’s commitments to oppose protectionism and support open markets, but notably omitted a prior promise to conclude the World Trade Organization’s Doha round of trade talks by the end of this...

    Read more G-20 drop Doha deadline
  127. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-07-20

    Second Round of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks conclude

    Representatives from eight Pacific-rim nations met in San Francisco last month for the second round of negotiations aimed at establishing a new regional free trade zone.

    Read more Second Round of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks conclude
  128. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-05-19

    Unions call for implementation of global Financial Transaction Tax

    Ahead of the informal meeting of the vice Finance Ministers and deputy Central Bankers of the Group of 20 nations convening today in Berlin, trade unionists and other activists around the world launched the "Make Finance Pay Week" on Monday calling for the implementation of a global tax on financial...

    Read more Unions call for implementation of global Financial Transaction Tax
  129. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-04-23

    World Intellectual Property Day: EI calls for fair and balanced copyright rules

    Recently recognised as an official observer at the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the global federation representing educators worldwide issues a statement on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day on 26 Apr, calling for "fair and balanced copyright rules".

    Read more World Intellectual Property Day: EI calls for fair and balanced copyright rules
  130. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-04-15

    WTO “stocktaking” meeting fails to make progress

    The latest attempt to kick-start stalled global trade talks ended on a sour note in March as European trade officials openly accused the United States of foot-dragging.

    Read more WTO “stocktaking” meeting fails to make progress
  131. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-04-15

    European Parliament demands to see ACTA text

    The European Parliament threatened on 10 March to petition the European Court of Justice in an effort to force the European Commission to make public the draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

    Read more European Parliament demands to see ACTA text
  132. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-04-15

    Trans-Pacific Partnership talks launched in Australia

    Inaugural negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) aimed at creating an ambitious regional free trade zone were launched in Melbourne on 15 March.

    Read more Trans-Pacific Partnership talks launched in Australia
  133. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-04-15

    EU demands Canada overhaul IP rules

    A leaked text of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) confirms that Canada’s copyright and patent legislation are being targeted in the negotiations.

    Read more EU demands Canada overhaul IP rules
  134. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-04-15

    Trade unions condemn EU-Colombia deal

    Trade unions in Europe and in Colombia are speaking out against a new free trade agreement charging that it provides political support to a regime in Colombia that is deeply implicated in gross violations of human rights and labour standards.

    Read more Trade unions condemn EU-Colombia deal
  135. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-01-28

    Canada-Europe free trade talks under scrutiny

    The second round of negotiations for a Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) took place in Brussels in January amid growing trade union and civil society concerns about the scope and impact of the treaty.

    Read more Canada-Europe free trade talks under scrutiny
  136. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-01-28

    Little movement seen in WTO talks

    Senior trade officials are increasingly pessimistic that a deal to conclude the stalled Doha Development Round of trade negotiations can be reached this year.

    Read more Little movement seen in WTO talks
  137. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-01-28

    Slovak Republic facing trade lawsuit over health care reform

    A Dutch company is suing the Slovak Republic for allegedly breaching the terms of a bilateral investment treaty following passage of a law requiring that health insurance be provided on a not-for-profit basis.

    Read more Slovak Republic facing trade lawsuit over health care reform
  138. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-01-28

    Trade deal sparks controversy over copyright in Costa Rica

    Final ratification of a free trade agreement with the United States has been delayed in the Costa Rican legislature amid a growing controversy over the deal’s intellectual property provisions.

    Read more Trade deal sparks controversy over copyright in Costa Rica
  139. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-01-28

    EC official confirms ACTA will force changes in domestic law

    The EC Commissioner-designate for the internal market, Michel Barnier, has admitted that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will require changes to domestic law.

    Read more EC official confirms ACTA will force changes in domestic law
  140. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2010-01-22

    Educators beware: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

    In early November, negotiators from the United States, Japan, the European Union, Canada and a select handful of other nations huddled together in a closed-door session in Seoul, South Korea.

    Read more Educators beware: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
  141. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-12-03

    EI remains vigilant to keep education out of trade deals

    Trade Ministers from around the world meeting in Geneva ended their discussions on 2 December by reaffirming their political commitment to concluding talks on a new global trade pact in 2010, even as deep differences remain.

    Read more EI remains vigilant to keep education out of trade deals
  142. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-12-02

    Behind the scenes at the WTO

    The second day of the WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva has seen trade ministers shift their deliberations about the future of the multilateral trading system to closed working sessions.

    Read more Behind the scenes at the WTO
  143. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-11-30

    Keep education and public services out of WTO agreements

    At the World Trade Organization’s 7th Ministerial Conference in Geneva, EI is urging trade ministers to keep education and other public services off the table.

    Read more Keep education and public services out of WTO agreements
  144. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-11-27

    EI insists education is not a commodity

    Education and other public services are basic human rights, which must not be viewed as commodities or be subjected to commercial trade rules.

    Read more EI insists education is not a commodity
  145. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-11-12

    Workshop highlights GATS dangers for developing countries

    Developing countries need to approach current negotiations aimed at liberalizing the trade in services with caution, a high level seminar has concluded.

    Read more Workshop highlights GATS dangers for developing countries
  146. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-11-12

    India alters foreign school rules citing WTO compliance

    Backtracking on earlier commitments, the government of India announced last month it will not require foreign educational institutions to meet quotas or adhere to caps on tuition fees.

    Read more India alters foreign school rules citing WTO compliance
  147. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-11-12

    WIPO members endorse talks on protection of traditional knowledge

    Following a year-long stalemate, members of the World Intellectual Property Office endorsed a new round of negotiations to develop an international agreement on the protection of traditional knowledge and genetic resources.

    Read more WIPO members endorse talks on protection of traditional knowledge
  148. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-11-12

    Trade rules and climate change

    Experts are warning that WTO trade rules could affect some measures that countries are taking to combat climate change.

    Read more Trade rules and climate change
  149. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-11-12

    New book highlights struggles over GATS and education

    Teacher unions and NGOs, including Education International, have played a critical role in limiting the inclusion of education services in the WTO’s GATS agreement, according to a new book by Antoni Verger of the University of Amsterdam.

    Read more New book highlights struggles over GATS and education
  150. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-06-23

    WTO announces 7th Ministerial Meeting

    Members of the World Trade Organization will hold a “scaled-down, no frills” ministerial conference in Geneva November 30 to December 2, the first formal gathering of trade ministers since 2005.

    Read more WTO announces 7th Ministerial Meeting
  151. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-06-23

    EU and Canada launch trade talks

    The European Union and Canada have agreed on the main areas to be negotiated in a possible comprehensive economic agreement.

    Read more EU and Canada launch trade talks
  152. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-06-23

    Developing countries facing new debt crisis

    The global financial crisis and the liberalization of financial services has led to a financing shortfall for developing countries of between $US 250 and $US 750 billion, according to Martin Khor, executive director of the South Centre.

    Read more Developing countries facing new debt crisis
  153. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-06-05

    Public-Private Partnerships in Education: A new EI study

    EI has completed a new study into the increasing role and impact of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in education systems across all continents.

    Read more Public-Private Partnerships in Education: A new EI study
  154. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-03-05

    GATS negotiations to resume

    WTO negotiations aimed at liberalizing the international trade in services, including education, are set to begin again after nearly a year-long hiatus.

    Read more GATS negotiations to resume
  155. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-03-05

    Economic crisis spurs fear of “WTO monster”

    Concerns are being raised that trade agreements like the WTO could hamper the ability of governments to respond effectively to the growing economic crisis.

    Read more Economic crisis spurs fear of “WTO monster”
  156. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-03-05

    Protest grows over “Buy American” plan

    Criticism is growing over the inclusion of a “Buy American” clause in the U.S. stimulus legislation.

    Read more Protest grows over “Buy American” plan
  157. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-03-05

    ACTA negotiations delayed

    Talks aimed at creating a new Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, originally scheduled for March in Morocco, have been postponed at the request of the United States.

    Read more ACTA negotiations delayed
  158. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-01-21

    WTO Talks Falter at Year’s End

    World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy was forced to call off plans for a mini-Ministerial meeting last month after key countries failed to bridge their differences.

    Read more WTO Talks Falter at Year’s End
  159. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-01-21

    New Indian Higher Ed Regulations Would Violate GATS

    India’s higher education regulators are proposing new rules to combat an influx of low-quality, private higher education providers into the country.

    Read more New Indian Higher Ed Regulations Would Violate GATS
  160. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-01-21

    Concerns Raised over Canada-Colombia FTA

    Labour unions and civil society organizations in Canada are expressing outrage over the recent announcement that the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has reached a free trade deal with Colombia.

    Read more Concerns Raised over Canada-Colombia FTA
  161. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2009-01-19

    France: Public education under threat

    The recent book, "Main basse sur l’éducation publique", by teacher Eddy Khali and journalist Muriel Fitoussi, sends a disturbing message about the many threats endangering quality, free public education in France.

    Read more France: Public education under threat
  162. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-10-29

    WTO members warned of perils of including public services in GATS

    Experts are warning members of the World Trade Organization of the risks they face if they include public services like education in trade and investment agreements.

    Read more WTO members warned of perils of including public services in GATS
  163. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-10-29

    US Trade Representative sued over Anti-Counterfeiting Treaty

    A group of public interest organizations in the United States is suing the US Trade Representative office in an effort to obtain a copy of a draft treaty on intellectual property currently.

    Read more US Trade Representative sued over Anti-Counterfeiting Treaty
  164. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-09-04

    Public education at risk of privatisation by stealth

    A new study commissioned by Education International reveals that a growing trend towards privatisation of public education is often camouflaged by the language of "educational reform," or introduced stealthily as "modernisation." Hence the title of the study: Hidden Privatisation In Public Education.

    Read more Public education at risk of privatisation by stealth
  165. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-08-01

    Doha Ministerial Collapses: WTO members vow to regroup

    After nine grueling days of negotiations, trade ministers meeting in Geneva July 21-30 admitted defeat in their attempts to reach a new global trade deal, but promised to regroup at a later date.

    Read more Doha Ministerial Collapses: WTO members vow to regroup
  166. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-07-18

    New GATS framework released ahead of "do or die" Ministerial meeting

    With trade ministers set to meet in Geneva the week of July 21 in what is being billed as the last ditch effort to complete the troubled WTO Doha Round of trade talks, the chair of the services negotiations has released a controversial new framework to guide the discussions.

    Read more New GATS framework released ahead of "do or die" Ministerial meeting
  167. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-07-17

    Education International and Public Services International to hold session at WTO Public Forum

    In co-operation with Public Services International, Education International will for the first time hold a session on public services and GATS at the upcoming World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public Forum in September.

    Read more Education International and Public Services International to hold session at WTO Public Forum
  168. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-06-17

    Public education at risk of privatisation by stealth

    A new study commissioned by Education International reveals that a growing trend towards privatization of public education is often camouflaged by the language of “educational reform,” or introduced stealthily as “modernization.” Hence the title of the study: Hidden Privatisation In Public Education.

    Read more Public education at risk of privatisation by stealth
  169. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-06-06

    "Moment of truth" at the WTO

    The Director General of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy, says negotiations aimed at liberalizing the trade in agriculture, industrial products and services have progressed to their final critical stage.

    Read more "Moment of truth" at the WTO
  170. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-06-06

    New IP treaty proposed

    The European Union, the United States and Canada are negotiating a new international agreement intended to combat global infringements of intellectual property.

    Read more New IP treaty proposed
  171. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-06-06

    EI and PSI at the WTO Public Forum

    Education International and Public Services International will be hosting a session at the 2008 WTO Public Forum on September 24-25 in Geneva.

    Read more EI and PSI at the WTO Public Forum
  172. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-06-05

    Education is not a tradable commodity

    One of the most dramatic developments within education in recent years has been the emergence of the “international trade” in education services. The aggressive recruitment of fee-paying international students by schools, the explosion in borderless commercial e-learning, the franchising of offshore schools and campuses, and the sale of course material...

    Read more Education is not a tradable commodity
  173. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-04-09

    Final Push on Doha?

    Talks aimed at liberalizing global trade are heading into yet another crucial phase as the prospects of successfully completing a deal before the end of the year quickly fade.

    Read more Final Push on Doha?
  174. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-04-09

    Concerns Grow Over Investor Rights

    Development groups and trade unions are warning that treaties that regulate international investment are undermining democracy and human rights.

    Read more Concerns Grow Over Investor Rights
  175. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-04-09

    EU-India Free Trade Talks Stall

    Talks between the European Union and India on a bilateral free trade agreement may not be completed by the end of year as originally planned.

    Read more EU-India Free Trade Talks Stall
  176. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-04-09

    WIPO: New Proposal on Copyright Limitations

    Several nations are backing a new proposal for special exemptions from copyright rules under the agreements of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

    Read more WIPO: New Proposal on Copyright Limitations
  177. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-02-13

    U.S. Faces Penalty in GATS Gambling Dispute

    A WTO panel has given Antigua and Barbuda the right to impose $21 million in annual trade sanctions against the United States for its restrictions on cross-border Internet gambling.

    Read more U.S. Faces Penalty in GATS Gambling Dispute
  178. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-02-13

    USTR attacks NGOs for criticizing WTO

    The U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab has lashed out against non-governmental organizations for their criticisms of WTO trade talks.

    Read more USTR attacks NGOs for criticizing WTO
  179. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2008-02-13

    GATS Update: Differences emerge over draft services text

    Talks aimed at liberalizing the international trade in services under the WTO’s GATS agreement are moving at a slow but steady pace even as deep divisions remain on key issues, according to officials in Geneva.

    Read more GATS Update: Differences emerge over draft services text
  180. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-10-31

    Canada to export AIDS medicine under new TRIPS Agreement

    Canada has become the first WTO member to take advantage of new pharmaceutical licensing rules intended to improve access to essential medicines in developing countries.

    Read more Canada to export AIDS medicine under new TRIPS Agreement
  181. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-10-31

    UN Agency Warns Developing Countries against Bilateral FTAs

    The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says that developing nations need to "think carefully" before signing bilateral and regional free trade agreements with the developed world.

    Read more UN Agency Warns Developing Countries against Bilateral FTAs
  182. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-10-31

    WTO Talks Teeter on the Brink Again

    The future of the World Trade Organization's troubled Doha Round of talks remains in doubt again as negotiators from developing and developed countries have been unable to bridge their deep differences despite a series of intensive negotiations in September.

    Read more WTO Talks Teeter on the Brink Again
  183. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-06-18

    Make or break time in Geneva

    Negotiators at the World Trade Organization say they are running out of time to reach a deal in the troubled Doha Round talks.

    Read more Make or break time in Geneva
  184. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-06-18

    GATS Update: New draft text on domestic regulation

    Negotiations aimed at liberalizing trade in services under the GATS appear to be on the verge of endorsing new restrictions on domestic regulations. These new rules would cover measures related to qualification requirements and procedures, licensing requirements and procedures, and technical standards.

    Read more GATS Update: New draft text on domestic regulation
  185. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-06-18

    Antigua and Barbuda raises stakes in US gambling case

    The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda is threatening to escalate its fight against US restrictions on cross-border Internet gambling by encouraging other countries to make WTO compensation claims for Washington's decision to modify its WTO services commitments.

    Read more Antigua and Barbuda raises stakes in US gambling case
  186. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-06-18

    USA: White House, Democrats reach deal on FTAs

    The Bush administration and senior Democratic lawmakers have agreed to a deal to include environmental and labour protections in any new bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) the country signs.

    Read more USA: White House, Democrats reach deal on FTAs
  187. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-06-18

    Brazil issues generic license for AIDS drug

    In the latest test of the WTO’s rules on intellectual property rights, Brazil has issued a compulsory license for the patented AIDS drug efavirenz that will allow companies to import and eventually manufacture generic versions of the drug more cheaply.

    Read more Brazil issues generic license for AIDS drug
  188. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-04-24

    Little progress reported in WTO talks

    Despite a flurry of high level meetings over the past weeks, senior trade officials with the World Trade Organization admit that members are still far from achieving a breakthrough in the Doha Round of trade talks.

    Read more Little progress reported in WTO talks
  189. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-04-24

    Update on GATS talks

    With little progress being made in agricultural negotiations, talks aimed at reaching a WTO deal on the trade in services under the GATS also remain stalled according to trade officials in Geneva.

    Read more Update on GATS talks
  190. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-04-24

    Domestic regulation rules: The debate continues

    Trade officials expressed differing views on the draft text on domestic regulation released in February. The negotiations are focused on developing new GATS restrictions that would require that government measures adopted with respect to qualification requirements and procedures, licensing requirements and procedures, and technical standards be relevant, objective and "no...

    Read more Domestic regulation rules: The debate continues
  191. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-04-24

    ASEAN members press for emergency safeguards in GATS

    Eight member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have renewed their efforts to press for new WTO rules allowing countries to restrict access to their services markets in emergency situations when domestic firms are threatened by foreign competition.

    Read more ASEAN members press for emergency safeguards in GATS
  192. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-04-24

    US Democrats unveil trade strategy

    Congressional Democratic leaders unveiled a set of policy principles that they want incorporated into several pending free trade agreements (FTAs), as well as the country's broader trade agenda.

    Read more US Democrats unveil trade strategy
  193. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-04-24

    USA: college groups issue GATS warning

    Two dozen groups representing American colleges are urging the United States and other member countries of the WTO not to make GATS concessions that would threaten higher education institutions.

    Read more USA: college groups issue GATS warning
  194. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-03-29

    Chairperson of the German Committee on Education says Education is a Public Good, not a Commodity

    "Education is a public good, not a commodity," said Ulla Burchardt, Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the German Bundestag, at a meeting organised by the Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW), one of EI’s German member organisations.

    Read more Chairperson of the German Committee on Education says Education is a Public Good, not a Commodity
  195. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-02-28

    Doha Talks re-launched

    After being put on hold for nearly six months, controversial talks aimed at creating new trade rules for the global economy have been formally re-launched.

    Read more Doha Talks re-launched
  196. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-02-28

    Differences persist on domestic regulation

    Before the suspension of GATS talks, members were divided over proposals aimed at developing new restrictions on domestic regulation. This refers to measures adopted with respect to qualification requirements and procedures, licensing procedures and requirements, and technical standards. Some countries were pressing to include a “necessity test” in the new...

    Read more Differences persist on domestic regulation
  197. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-02-28

    Vietnam joins WTO

    Vietnam became the 150th member of the WTO on January 11, after ratifying its membership agreement.

    Read more Vietnam joins WTO
  198. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-02-28

    ASEAN countries sign services deal with China

    The ten member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended their annual summit on 15 January by unveiling a new free trade agreement in services with China.

    Read more ASEAN countries sign services deal with China
  199. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-02-28

    U.S has failed to comply in gambling case: WTO panel

    A WTO panel has found that the United States has failed to comply with a controversial ruling against American restrictions on Internet gambling.

    Read more U.S has failed to comply in gambling case: WTO panel
  200. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-02-28

    EU pushes bilateral trade agreements

    The European Union wants to negotiate free trade agreements with India, Korea, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), an EU official announced in January.

    Read more EU pushes bilateral trade agreements
  201. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2007-02-28

    Indian students collect five million signatures

    Five million signatures collected by the Students' Federation of India (SFI) from across the country demanding the protection of public education were submitted to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on January 22, 2007.

    Read more Indian students collect five million signatures
  202. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-12-21

    Download this year’s last issue of TradEducation News and EI’s GATS Information Kit today!

    In 2007, subscribers to EI’s electronic newsletter on trade and education and GATS will receive a brand new, revamped edition of TradEducation News. Meanwhile, the last issue of this year’s newsletter is now available for download.

    Read more Download this year’s last issue of TradEducation News and EI’s GATS Information Kit today!
  203. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-11-23

    EI insists on free universal access to education at UN meeting

    EI recently attended an Expert Meeting on Universal Access to Services organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 14-16 November in Geneva.

    Read more EI insists on free universal access to education at UN meeting
  204. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-11-23

    Trade Liberalisation and Universal Access to Education Services

    Note prepared by Education International for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)'s "Expert Meeting on Universal Access to Services" held in Geneva, Switzerland, 14-16 November 2006.

    Read more Trade Liberalisation and Universal Access to Education Services
  205. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-10-31

    Issue no.11 of TradEducation News now available for download

    In this issue, EI explains how the continuing deadlock of the Doha Round of WTO talks is prompting the shift in focus to bilateral and regional agreements, and warns of the potential impact this might have on education services.

    Read more Issue no.11 of TradEducation News now available for download
  206. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-10-09

    Caribbean union of teachers embraces CSME, rejects GATS

    Speaking at the EI/CUT Round Table Meeting in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Ralph Gonsalves challenged teacher union leaders to familiarise themselves with the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and its affects upon the free movement of teachers within the region.

    Read more Caribbean union of teachers embraces CSME, rejects GATS
  207. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-09-12

    Issue no.10 of TradEducation out now!

    In this issue, you will find reports of EI’s lobby meetings in Geneva during the G-6 meeting in July. To download TradEducation, please click here.

    Read more Issue no.10 of TradEducation out now!
  208. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-07-20

    Too much emphasis put on the role of the private sector in G8 Declaration

    Education International welcomes the attention G8 leaders have given to education as one of the most effective tools to combat poverty and promote economic and democratic development. However, it is concerned about the emphasis put on the role of the private sector.

    Read more Too much emphasis put on the role of the private sector in G8 Declaration
  209. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-07-07

    Global unions urge G8 not to leave education to market forces

    MOSCOW -- In a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin held at the Kremlin on 6 July, EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen urged leaders of the G8 nations not to abdicate their responsibility to invest in quality public education.

    Read more Global unions urge G8 not to leave education to market forces
  210. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-07-06

    TradEducation News issue no.9

    The latest issue of EI's newsletter on GATS has just be published. In this issue, we talk about the failure of the informal WTO ministerial meeting to break the current deadlock, EI meetings with WTO delegations in Geneva, new GATS rules on domestic regulation and EI's reservations about these rules.

    Read more TradEducation News issue no.9
  211. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-07-04

    The World Trade Organisation: Talks enter “crisis” stage

    Time is running out on WTO trade talks after ministers gathering in Geneva at the end of June failed to reach a crucial agreement on tariff and subsidy reductions for agricultural and industrial goods.

    Read more The World Trade Organisation: Talks enter “crisis” stage
  212. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-05-17

    Canada: 29 May – National Fundraising Count Day aims to audit commercial activities in schools

    EI affiliates the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) and the Fédération des syndicats de l’enseignement (FSE) invite teachers and principals across the country to walk around in their schools and carry out an audit of fundraising and advertising activities, as part of a National Fundraising Count Day on May 29.

    Read more Canada: 29 May – National Fundraising Count Day aims to audit commercial activities in schools
  213. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-05-10

    Canada: CTF's survey of schools reveals advertising and commercial activities filling education funding gap

    EI affiliate, the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF)'s recent study involving elementary and secondary publicly funded schools across Canada has uncovered some startling revelations on the extent of advertising presence and marketing deals in schools in order to offset chronic underfunding of education systems in every province and territory.

    Read more Canada: CTF's survey of schools reveals advertising and commercial activities filling education funding gap
  214. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-04-12

    TradEducation issue no.8 now available for download!

    The new issue of EI's bulletin on GATS and the WTO, TradEducation, has just been published. In this issue, we talk about the New Zealand government spearheading an effort to open up their private higher education "market", EI's meeting with key WTO negotiators and rules on domestic regulations.

    Read more TradEducation issue no.8 now available for download!
  215. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-04-03

    GATS: EI Lobby at the WTO

    EI held a series of meetings with the officials and negotiators of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as services negotiations resumed in Geneva this week. Monique Fouilhoux, EI’s education and employment co-ordinator, was joined by representatives of affiliates from Australia, Canada, and Denmark.

    Read more GATS: EI Lobby at the WTO
  216. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-03-22

    GATS: Education is a right, not a commodity

    In the global economy where neo-liberal values of privatisation and market competition are dominant, it is crucial for those committed to public education to reaffirm the principle that education, including higher, technical, and professional education, is a right and not a merchandise.

    Read more GATS: Education is a right, not a commodity
  217. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-03-20

    Korea: KTU demands a stop to Free Trade Agreement negotiations

    EI affiliate the KTU is urging the government to cease negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Korea and the United States, fearing that it may make public services, including education, subject to private ownership.

    Read more Korea: KTU demands a stop to Free Trade Agreement negotiations
  218. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-03-07

    TradEducation News Issue 7 now available

    The latest issue of TradEducation News, Education International’s publication to help affiliates understand the implication of GATS talks on public education, is now available in PDF format.

    Read more TradEducation News Issue 7 now available
  219. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-02-15

    Strasbourg: 30,000 join EuroManif demonstration

    The EuroManif demonstration in Strasbourg yesterday saw up to 30,000 trade unionists vent fears that the proposed Services Directive could undermine European jobs and social standards.

    Read more Strasbourg: 30,000 join EuroManif demonstration
  220. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-02-10

    Major demonstration to take place in Strasbourg to prevent the inclusion of education in the proposed EU Services Directive

    A campaign has been launched by the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) to exclude education from the proposed Directive on services in the internal EU market, first presented by the European Commission in Jan 2004.

    Read more Major demonstration to take place in Strasbourg to prevent the inclusion of education in the proposed EU Services Directive
  221. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-01-24

    UNESCO Prize for Peace Education now open for nomination

    The UNESCO Prize for Peace Education is now open for nomination. The purpose of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education is to promote all forms of action designed to “construct the defences of peace in the minds of men” by rewarding a particularly outstanding example of activity designed to alert...

    Read more UNESCO Prize for Peace Education now open for nomination
  222. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2005-12-14

    EI's WTO update: the third day

    First of all, a co-ordination and mobilisation meeting was held among delegates from the EI family to discuss the last initiatives of some governments in relation to GATS and the possible scenarios which might turn out later in the day in the meetings with governmental delegations and during the workshops...

    Read more EI's WTO update: the third day
  223. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2005-12-14

    Press Release 17/2005: 6th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference - "Take education out of GATS," teachers urge.

    In a statement released today to delegations to the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference, the global union representing more than 29 million teachers and education workers is calling on member countries to remove education services from the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

    Read more Press Release 17/2005: 6th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference - "Take education out of GATS," teachers urge.
  224. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2005-10-20

    World Trade Organisation in EI's focus

    EI will send a 3-person delegation to the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (13-18 December). Thulas Nxesi, Eva-Lis Preisz and Elie Jouen will continue the lobbying undertaken by EI to protect the education sector from the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

    Read more World Trade Organisation in EI's focus
  225. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2005-04-07

    Brain Drain

    Rich country seeks poor teachers

    Read more Brain Drain