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Union growth

All teachers and education support personnel have the right to organise and be part of a union that represents and defends their values and interests. However, around the world, education unions are facing serious attacks and operate in increasingly challenging and hostile environments. Revitalising unions, building their power by boosting membership and active participation and maximising impact is the way forward.

Our work in this area

  1. News 9 May 2008

    Zimbabwe: Violence hits teachers

    Violence continues in Zimbabwe following the drawn out election process and affects particularly trade unionists and teachers. The EI affiliate ZIMTA witnessed "many teachers in rural areas being killed, maimed, wantonly tortured and abused".

    Zimbabwe: Violence hits teachers
  2. News 11 April 2008

    Colombia: more teachers murdered

    Educators around the world are condemning the latest brutal assassinations of teacher trade unionists in Colombia. On 1 April, Emerson Ivan Herrera Ruales and Luz Mariela Diaz Lopez lost their lives at the hands of unknown gunmen who shot them as they made their way to work in the morning.

    Colombia: more teachers murdered
  3. News 11 April 2008

    EI condemns post-election violence against teachers in Zimbabwe

    Education International has received chilling reports about political retribution against teachers in Zimbabwe. This comes in the aftermath of general elections held on 30 March.

    EI condemns post-election violence against teachers in Zimbabwe
  4. 13 March 2008

    Iran: Crackdown on activists

    Iran’s relentless intimidation and harassment of teachers shows no sign of abating. Indeed, the worsening situation has caused human rights defenders to speak out about a crackdown by the government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Iran: Crackdown on activists
  5. News 5 March 2008

    Iran: EI joins the Global Action Day on 6 March 2008

    EI joins the International Transport Federation and other Global Union Federations in a Global Action Day in solidarity with Iranian workers and teachers on 6 March 2008.

    Iran: EI joins the Global Action Day on 6 March 2008
  6. News 22 February 2008

    Zimbabwe: EI condemns police beatings of teacher unionists

    Nine members of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) were abducted on 19 February for distributing leaflets about the country's education crisis.

    Zimbabwe: EI condemns police beatings of teacher unionists
  7. News 19 February 2008

    Philippines: demonstration against privatization of education ends with police brutality

    A peaceful demonstration organized by teachers and students defending quality public education in the Philippines was violently dispersed by law enforcement officers last January 31. As a result of police brutality, 23 demonstrators were injured. Other 6 demonstrators were arbitrarily arrested.

    Philippines: demonstration against privatization of education ends with police brutality
  8. News 7 February 2008

    Ethiopia: EI deplores judicial dissolution of the ETA

    Gemoraw Kassa, General Secretary of the Ethiopian Teachers’ Association and about 30 other members of ETA, on Thursday, February 7th heard the shocking news that their appeal to the Supreme High Court was denied. The court upheld an earlier decision which ordered the ETA to hand over property, other assets,...

    Ethiopia: EI deplores judicial dissolution of the ETA
  9. News 5 February 2008

    Ethiopia: High Level Delegation to provide support to EI affiliate

    A four person EI delegation is currently in Ethiopia to enter into a dialogue with the Ethiopian authorities to press the case for the respect of trade union and human rights. The delegation is composed of the General Secretaries of the British and Ugandan teachers unions, respectively Steve SINNOTT and...

    Ethiopia: High Level Delegation to provide support to EI affiliate
  10. News 20 December 2007

    Ethiopia: released on bail, teachers grateful for international solidarity

    EI is pleased to announce that Berhanu Aba-Debisa, Wolde Dana and Wibit Legamo have at last been released on bail. With the support of National Union of Teachers (NUT), from the United Kingdom and EI, the three colleagues are free at last and extend their gratitude for the support received...

    Ethiopia: released on bail, teachers grateful for international solidarity
  11. News 20 December 2007

    Iran: Intimidation of teachers continues

    On 14 December, nine teachers were sentenced to 91 days imprisonment by a criminal court of the province of Hamadan in Iran.

    Iran: Intimidation of teachers continues
  12. News 13 December 2007

    Ethiopia: EI condemns government interference in the union elections

    Teachers throughout Ethiopia have been summoned to meetings with school principals, where teachers are informed they shall elect school representatives for the "Ethiopia Teachers' Association".

    Ethiopia: EI condemns government interference in the union elections
  13. News 28 November 2007

    Pakistan: Protests after the arrest of trade unionists during state of emergency

    The Council of Global Unions*, headed by the EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen, protested against the arrests of several trade union leaders following the imposition of the state of emergency earlier in November.

    Pakistan: Protests after the arrest of trade unionists during state of emergency
  14. News 31 October 2007

    Ethiopia-Three teachers released

    In an email dated 29 October 2007, Gemoraw Kassa, General Secretary of the Ethiopian Teachers' Association(ETA), informed EI that the Ethiopian Federal Supreme Court decided on that day to release on bail detained colleagues Anteneh Getnet, Berhanu Aba-Debissa, Wolde Dana, along with Wibit Ligamo, Dana’s wife.

    Ethiopia-Three teachers released