On 9 and 10 June the closing conference took place in Bucharest of the EFEE and ETUCE project on “Social Partners promoting Decent Workplaces in the Education Sector for a Healthier Working Life”. ETUCE and EFEE carried out this project with the aim to support teachers, school leaders and education staff on the prevention of psychosocial hazards and work-related stress. Work-related stress and psychosocial hazards are amongst the most damaging hazards, which affects the health of both teachers and school leaders as the social partners in the education sector have recognised in previous projects. From EFEE’s side Stéphane Vanoirbeck (SeGEC – Belgium), Tari Aho (AFIEE – Finland), Bianka Stege (EFEE) and Sarah Kik (EFEE) have been participating in the project advisory group.
At the closing conference, the results of the online survey and case studies in Belgium, Germany, Finland and Romania were presented, as well as the project film. Special focus was given to the draft guidelines on “how to promote joint social partner initiatives at European, regional and local level to prevent and combat psychosocial hazards in education”. In two working groups the participants had the opportunity to comment and amend the draft guidelines as well as to discuss its practical implementation at national, regional and local level. The guidelines will now be reviewed by both Secretariats and presented to EFEE and ETUCE members for adoption. Furthermore based on the guidelines a Joint Declaration will be prepared to be presented for adoption to the Plenary Meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (Nov 2016).
The project outcomes are available on our website.