welcome to bastun - baltic sea trade union network

Representing 11 million trade union members


BASTUN works as a forum where the trade unions of the Baltic Sea Region exchange information and discuss and define common interests. The network aims at political and social influencing, coordinates joint projects and raises issues related to the Baltic Sea Region within the international trade union family. BASTUN is a strategic partner of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and cooperates closely with the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC).


BASTUN’s priorities reflect the political and social situation of the Baltic Sea region. The network
follows political discussion and aims to keep relevant issues for trade union movement on the
agenda. The presidency sets its political priorities for the presidency period.

The  Latvian Presidency will be chaired by vice president Irena Liepina from the Trade Union Confederation LBAS and discuss the three focus areas:

Mobility of labour under fair conditions and prevention of social fraud
➢ The topic will be highlighted during the autumn meeting when discussing Decent Work in the regional context of the Baltic Sea. Focus will be on Social Fraud and equal conditions for workers as well as on the responsibilities of enterprises with cross-border activities.

 Strengthening Social dialogue and working for more balanced representation between Trade Union and business interests.
➢ The topic will be discussed during the autumn meeting and focus will be put on discussing practical methods for developing collective bargaining on sectoral level and exchanging best practices on how to engage employers in the process.

Strengthening trade union density and organising in the Baltic Sea region.
➢ Main focus during the Presidency will be will be on discussing organizing and recruiting members in an increasingly individualized society utilising the possibilities of digitalisation. The theme will also include discussion on the impact on organising of changing labour markets considering the structures of platform economy.


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About bastun

  • BASTUN is a trade union network consisting of 22 Trade Union confederations in the Baltic Sea Region representing 11 million trade union members
  • BASTUN influences political decision making processes and social development in the region, coordinates joint projects and raises issues related to the Baltic Sea region within the international trade union family.
During the Latvian Presidency 2018-2019 BASTUN will focus on:
  • Mobility of Labour and prevention of Social Fraud
  • Strengthening Social Dialogue
  • Strengthening Tarde Union dencity and organising