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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Turker Nation is a general forum where (mainly US-based) Amazon Mechanical Turk workers discuss issues related to aspects of work on the platform, such as problems they encounter,...

Reddit has two ‘subreddits’ on which Amazon Mechanical Turk workers share links, posts and information. r/mturk is dedicated to advice, troubleshooting and social conversation....

Mturkgrind is a forum for Amazon Mechanical Turk workers and requesters. The main areas are threads related to advice for a variety of issues (such as resolving issues verifying the account,...

MTurk forum is an online webpage for workers and requesters on Amazon Mechanical Turk. For workers, the forum has areas for discussions on topics such as personal financial goals, statistics...

The Italian Workers’ Union in the Tourism, Trade and Service Sectors (Unione Italiana Lavoratori Turismo Commercio e Servizi, UILTuCS) and the Italian Workers’ Federation for Trade, Hotel, Canteen and Service Sectors (Federazione...

Since 2016, the Online Labour Index has measured the supply and demand of online labour across the world by tracking the number of projects and tasks across five of the largest English-language platforms (about 70% of the market by...

This dataset collected information on informal and formal strikes and protest activities by platform workers from July 2016 until December 2017, and...

In 2018, nearly 50 cities across the world signed a declaration introducing a set of principles in relation to the platform economy. The principles are aimed at local administration and include the differentiation between different...

In 2016, the Norwegian government appointed the Sharing Economy Committee. Since then, the Committee suggested several measures to ensure and simplify taxation of platform work and an online portal on rights and duties for platforms,...

Syndicom, the Swiss trade union for media and communication sectors, and Mila, a platform providing repair and tech services, signed a code of conduct in February 2019. It is the first such code in...

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