Platform economy initiatives

03 February 2021

This section of Eurofound’s web repository on the platform economy aims to provide an overview of the various initiatives that exist or that have been implemented in relation to activities in the platform economy. As the platform economy itself is very heterogeneous, so are these initiatives. Therefore, Eurofound takes a broad understanding of ‘initiative’, which can be approximated as any organised attempt to:

  • manage platform economy based activities in order to ensure compliance with rules and regulations (for example, in August 2018, the city of Vienna announced a cooperation with an accommodation platform to ensure tax compliance of its users);
  • any non-institutionalised attempt to provide ancillary support services for platform workers, platform companies or clients (for example, workers providing each other trouble shooting assistance on a forum);
  • any proposed or undertaken action with the aim of representing actors in the platform economy in the public or political sphere (for example, Deliveroo bike couriers forming a ‘Riders Union’).

The overview organises initiatives by their function. As some initiatives have more than one function, they can occur under several headings.

This overview presents a list of initiatives known to Eurofound and does not by any means claim to be exhaustive. Furthermore, the following does not constitute any assessment of initiatives either by including them or absenting them from the list. The descriptions of the initiatives use the terms denoted by the initiatives themselves to describe their area of operation, for example ‘sharing economy’, the ‘collaborative economy’, the ‘platform economy’ or otherwise.

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The Sharing Economy Council was established in 2018 by the Danish government, and is jointly commissioned by the Ministry of...

FairCrowdWork is an online rating system for web and app-based platforms. It is a joint project of IG Metall (German metalworker’s union), the Austrian Chamber of Labour, the Austrian Trade Union...

In March 2017, Foodora bike couriers elected a works council in Vienna, which aims to negotiate an agreement with the Foodora...

On 16 April 2018, an agreement establishing an SE Works Council in Delivery Hero (which owns Foodora) was signed in Berlin with the German Food, Beverages and Catering Union (Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten, NGG), the...

Social partners in Austria have agreed on the first collective agreement for bicycle couriers. The new collective agreement applies to all bicycle couriers, that is, both...

In March 2016, food delivery riders of Foodora started to self-organise in Turin after learning that colleagues in Milan made higher wages. They gained the support of the rank-and-file independent union Si-...

The Riders Union Reggio Emilia was established on 24 March 2021, with the aim of...

The Italian General Confederation of Labour (Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro, CGIL) launched its New job identities (Nuove Identità di...

In November 2020, a protocol of the National Logistics Contract was signed by employer associations and major trade unions in Italy, including the Italian Federation of Transport Workers (Federazione...

Riders Union Bologna is a group of riders and social activists working in...

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