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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Asoriders is a non-profit association, formed by platform workers in Spain, and has the goal to support other platform workers in issues related to economic, contractual and legal challenges. This...

Since 16 October 2015, France has established a private drivers' union SCP-VTC (...

London Uber drivers formed a collective and online social media presence, the ‘Uber London Drivers Network’, which supported several drivers in their court case against...

General Confederation of Labour (Confédération générale du travail...

In November 2020, the Municipality of Bologna intended to launch a screening campaign known as ‘Safety Delivery initiative’ among riders who find themselves working harder precisely with the restrictions on travel connected to the COVID...

Uber has introduced ‘Earnings advice sessions’, in order to help its drivers to get advice from the platform and from other drivers on how to maximise time and earnings through driving. 

The Danish platform Happy Helper which intermediates cleaning services trains its workers in cleaning methods. Furthermore, it provides workers with skills in how to use the Happy Helper platform...

On September 2020, the Hamburg tax authorities announced that Airbnb will have to release tax control data to the federal and state authorities. Data will be analysed by Hamburg tax authorities, and then be distributed to other federal...

In 2018, an amendment to the Latvia transportation law (Autopārvadājumu likums) was passed, to promote the participation of ride-sharing platforms in the Latvian...

Association of platforms using independent workers (Association des Plateformes des indépendants, API) is a business association established by platforms in France, to represent their position to...

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