The Trade Union Response to the Challenges of the Crisis in the Baltic. The Role of the IFIs

The international seminar about the economic crisis in Baltic states was taking part in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, on 9th and10th of June.
The members of the trade unions from the three Baltic States, from Belgium, Russia, UK, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, Poland, ETUI, PERC experts were discussing about the labor market, about different possibilities and their plans and suggestions on how to pass the world financial and economic crisis, how this crisis is affecting the Baltic counties, especially Latvia, about the trade unions role in negotiations with the IFIs.

The first day of the seminar was dedicated to learn the various positions of the different countries on the topic. The speakers made examples of how the economic situation was changing after the beginning of the Crisis in their counties and how it is now. The increasing number of the unemployment, the decreasing salaries, the importance to find the dialogue between the social partners are uniting all the countries-participants.

The second day - the round table day: trade unions’ activists were exchanging good practice on how to negotiate with the Government and were discussing about what is the best position to take, were learning from each other.

This seminar was taking place just before the visit of the General Secretary of ETUC John Monks. He arrived the day after the seminar, on Thusday, the 11th on June, and met not only Lithuanian national trade unions center‘s leaders, but also the leader of the Gouvernment of Lithuania - the Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius.

The seminar „The Trade Union Response to the Challenges of the Crisis in the Baltic. The Role of the IFIs“ was arranged by ITUC, PERC, ACV Belgium.


Estonia presentation
HUngary presentation
LIthuanian presentation
Women baltic
ETUI presentation
Belgian presentation
Pr. Woolfson presentation