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).


2014 > 08

The Estonian Trade Union Confederation EAKL will be chairing the BASTUN presidency between July 2014 and June 2015. Priorities include among others trade union organising,  smart solutions as a way to tackle challenges related to the mobility of labour and to combat social dumping as well as preparing for  structural changes in economy and training needs of labour.
A highlight of the presidency will be the BASTUN-high level meeting, which will be organised on the 19th November 2014. EAKL plans to focus on organising and aims to present the Baltic Organising Academy, both in theory and in practise. The meeting will gather trade unions representatives from across the Baltic Sea region who can exchange views and best practices as well as discuss strategies on organising.

BASTUN presidency paper

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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