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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The City of Vienna and the accommodation platform HomeAway entered an agreement according to which the platform collects the city tax and transfers it to the city treasuries. Furthermore, each quarter, the platform provides anonymised...

GPA-DJP, the Austrian union of private sector employees in printing,...

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In 2017, Foodora riders, supported by the German Food, Beverages and Catering Union (Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten, NGG) elected a works council in Cologne. On June 1 2018, Foodora riders founded a second works council in...

Wolt is a platform connecting customers, local businesses and couriers. The app is designed in a way that is supposed to give agency to couriers in a sense that they can decide when to be online, where to deliver, how to deliver and who...

The network consists of an international cooperation between trade unions and social partners in the Danube region. It has been operational between...

The Riders Collective started as part of the Digital Danube Network (DiDaNet) project, financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour. The...

SMart is a cooperative production house for freelancers (which may include platform workers) and projects that have been awarded cultural grants.

In October 2018, the Transnational Federation of Couriers was established, representing platform workers across Europe. Its aim is to improve the working conditions of workers in the platform economy. The founding summit was held in...

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