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).
The Finnish SAK and STTK holds the BASTUN presidency from the beginning of July 2023 until the end of June 2024. Jarkko Eloranta and Antti Palola are the acting presidents for the network.
BASTUN is a trade union network consisting of 19 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.
BASTUN cooperates with, monitors and participates in the activities of all relevant international organisations in the region and is among others a strategical partner of the
BASTUN is also observer in the
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