Platform economy initiatives

03 Februar 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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Cotabo Taxi is a cooperative taxi service operating in Bologna. It is supported by ...

Doc Servizi is a platform cooperative for the management of artistic, ...

Fairbnb is a platform for short-term holiday rentals that aims at establishing a...

On 12 October 2021, Milan prosecutors closed investigations on Uber Eats for gangmastering (‘caporalato’) and exploitation of workers. According to the...

In December 2020, the Court of Bologna ruled in favour of Deliveroo riders (supported by CGIL), who accused Deliveroo of discrimination through the platform’s...

In November 2020, the Court of Palermo ruled that the Spanish delivery platform Glovo had to classify its couriers as full-time employees. A courier had taken the...

Deliverance Milano is a union of...

Alternativa Kuriren is a bicycle courier cooperative in Malmö. It conducts deliveries of small as well as large loads via cargo bikes. The collective...

Unionen, a Swedish trade union representing the white-collar private sector, ...

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