Baltic Sea Trade Union Network
BASTUN was established in Helsinki in July 1999. The network consists of 22 trade union confederations around the Baltic Sea and represents over 11 million trade union workers. The Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP) is a strategic partner of BASTUN. BASTUN works as a forum where the trade unions of the Baltic Sea Region exchange information and discuss and define common interests. The permanent secretariat of BASTUN, created in co-operation with the Council of Nordic Trade Unions (NFS), is located in Stockholm.
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. It promotes social dialogue, collective bargaining, tripartite structures and cooperation and the social dimension as a part of economic development and growth. BASTUN strives to promote humane and equitable societies, social rights, decent working conditions and salaries for all in the Baltic Sea Region.