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 is a trade union network consisting of 22 Trade Union confederations in the Baltic Sea Region. 
  • 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. 
  • All BASTUN member organisations are members of the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) and the ILO.

The Norwegian LO holds the BASTUN presidency from the beginning of July 2021 until the end of June 2022 and Terje Olav Olsson will be the acting president for the network.  

The priorities of the Norwegian Presidency will be:

  • Social Dialogue and recovery from  the corona pandemic through collective bargaining.
  • Mobility of labor under fair conditions and prevention of social dumping.
  • Monitoring the situation in Belarus. We encourage to continue close dialogue and increased cooperation with the independent trade unions in Belarus.