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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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BASTUN on the European Day of Action and Solidarity of the ETUC 14.11.2012


The global financial and economic crisis has during the past years evolved into a social crisis with soaring unemployment in many countries. Especially young people are especially hit as youth unemployment is all around Europe. It is above all wage-earners and tax-payers who have to bear the main burden of the crisis, whereas the financial sector that caused it in the first place is making profits again.


Workers' rights are fundamental human rights. We strongly condemn the current attacks on collective bargaining autonomy and the dismantling of workers' rights, be they in Lithuania, Spain, or Greece. What we need is not fewer rights and less protection for employees but more democracy, social security and justice.


The crisis does not stop at national frontiers. If workers' rights are weakened all over Europe, this will impact purchasing power and sooner or later the crisis will arrive at everybody's doorstep. Instead of wrecking Europe with austerity policies, we need solutions based on solidarity and a program for growth and employment. Only by counteracting growing austerity and by investing in decent jobs and education can the legitimacy of the European Union be restored. This crisis affects not only our colleagues in Spain, Greece, Ireland or Portugal – Northern Europe is affected as well: especially the Baltic countries have gone through drastic measures during the past years.


European integration is based on a common commitment to the creation of a democratic and social Europe – and that includes strong works councils and trade unions, protection of collective bargaining autonomy and recognition of basic workers' rights. But also strong European legislation strengthening workers' rights is essential. Only by co-operation and solidarity will we be able to halt the intolerable cuts in social benefits and the dismantling of workers' rights. Together we call for a fair, democratic and social Europe and declare our solidarity with colleagues in all the countries of Europe – in North and South- East and West.

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