Unions’ positions

 

In a joint call with leaders of Australia’s major charities and social service groups, the Independent Education Union (IEU) is looking to change the government’s policy towards refugees and migrants in Australia.

 

The more than 200 signatories believe Australia needs a more “humane” approach to asylum seekers and in particular, should abandon its current offshore approach to processing

Confronted with a dramatic increase of refugees from neighbouring countries in conflict, the Greek Federation of Secondary State School Teachers is calling for solidarity to see that all children receive an education.

The Greek Federation of Secondary State School Teachers (OLME) President and General Secretary are urging the Greek Government to seek special funding to cover the costs of

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers has highlighted the appalling impact of the global refugee crisis on the world’s children and young people, especially in terms of education.

At the UK Trades Union Congress’ Congress in Brighton on 14 September, the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) President, Kathy Wallis, urged the

Over 1,810 academics from universities across Australia have signed an Open Letterto Prime Minister Turnbull and Members of Parliament, supporting the implementation of the the Academic for Refugees’ policy paper's recommendations, calling for a just and humane approach for refugees. 

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) supports both the Academics for Refugees policy paper and open

The Finnish education trade union OAJ, which has over 120 000 members and represents about 95% of the teachers in the country, recently launched a publication entitled Integration Compass (In Finnish: Kotoutumiskompassi) dealing with the integration of refugees and migrants in education. EI/ETUCE asked Ms Päivi Lyhykäinen, OAJ Special Adviser for Education, to explain the impact and use of the

The NUT (England and Wales) responded to the British Government’s All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry – "Refugees Welcome? Experiences of new refugees in the UK" launched in July 2016.  In its response the NUT called for:

  • Recognition of the key frontline role that primary and secondary schools have in receiving and making refugees welcome in the UK
  • Teachers to have resources, training and

 

The German education union GEW has placed special focus on the relationship between integration and democracy after hosting its national congress under the slogan “One for all – an inclusive school for democracy.”

The need to place schools at the centre of any inclusion policy was highlighted at the national congress of GEW, a member of Education International (EI), which took place at Frankfurt

With millions of people displaced by war and violence in Africa and the Middle East, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has vowed to reach out a helping hand, advocating for the resettlement of thousands of immigrants and for their protection against bigotry and persecution.

AFT delegates passed a resolution restating the organization’s opposition to hate speech and encouraging programs that

On 20 June, the Italian union confederations CGIL, CISL and UIL joined forces to draw attention to the worrying situation of unaccompanied minors in Italy and Europe. Investments in quality public services, in particular through adequate training of professionals, are crucial to offer these children the assistance they need.

The three unions challenged the Italian and European Union authorities in an

On 8 October 2015, EI affiliate in the USA, the American Federation of Teachers, adopted a resolution to express its solidarity and commitment to promote a global migration policy that emphasises human and labour rights and inclusive development. The union resolved to lobby the government to promote a global strategy of fair-share resettlement of migrants across countries, including the U.S. The