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16 May 2019

Latvia: unions present program for the Baltic Sea Trade Union Network (BASTUN)

The presidency of the BASTUN, a trade union network consisting of 22 Trade Union confederations in the Baltic Sea Region representing 11 million trade union members, presented its program for the period until the summer of 2019. During the current Latvian Presidency 2018-2019, BASTUN will focus on mobility of Labour and prevention of social fraud, strengthening of Social Dialogue and the strengthening of trade union density.

The trade unions that are affiliated to BASTUN, the Baltic Sea Trade Union Network, seek to promote the cooperation in the region. 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. It 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) and the Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF).

The current Latvian presidency presented during the spring meeting of the Baltic Sea Labour Forum in March 2019 in Hamburg (Germany) an overview of the priorities for this year. BASTUN will focus on fair labour mobility, with equal and fair working conditions for all workers, the prevention of social fraud and corporate social responsibility for work in a cross-border context. A further aim is to strengthen collective bargaining and to exchange best practices in the area of social dialogue. The Annual Meeting of the Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF) brought together employer organisations and trade unions from the countries around the Baltic Sea, as well as representatives from the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC), ministries and other stakeholders, and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) to discuss the most topical issues on sustainable working life in the Region.

The autumn meeting of BASTUN (2-3 October 2019, Riga) will be combined with a Conference on the World Day of Decent Work. That conference will be dedicated to the Decent Work Agenda in a Nordic-Baltic perspective, Nordic companies in the Baltics, strengthening trade union capacity and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. During the 2018 Conference on Decent Work in Riga, an Action Plan for Baltic-Nordic Cooperation 2018-2021 was published.

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