Making the platform economy work well for workers - Webinar
On 8 November 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 CET, Eurofound will host a webinar: Making the platform economy work well for workers. Platform workers are one of the new forms of employment making a global impact. Eurofound’s 2-hour webinar will provide a forum to go beyond the debate about the challenges inherent to this new form of employment and focus on possible solutions to tackle the various work and employment-related implications of platform work.
During the webinar, Eurofound will present its fresh research on platform work. Moderated by Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper, a panel discussion will bring together business, government and social partners to illustrate experiences and share new, innovative approaches aimed at addressing the downsides of this employment form.
Examples will include the first collective trade union agreement on platform work in Europe, a national tax regime beneficial to platform workers, and a platform worker.
This webinar is aimed at platform workers, social partners, EU and national policy makers as well as academics and representatives from civil society.
Platform work is the online matching of the supply of and demand for paid work. It remains small in scale in Europe but is evolving rapidly. Initially, this employment form was largely limited to low-paid, low-skilled, online micro tasks. As it grows, however, an increasingly wide and varied range of tasks is being mediated by online platforms.
To map the complexity of these recent developments, Eurofound has established a classification, of platform work. In its research, it found ten types where a critical mass of platforms and affiliated workers has been reached in the EU. An in-depth analysis of three of these types shows that some of the benefits and challenges that workers are experiencing are shared. Others, however, are specific to the individual type of platform work. This means that any discussion on potential positive and/or negative effects of platform work, and the resulting policy responses, requires a more differentiated focus rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
- Data and resources: Platform economy repository
Participants are invited to consult Eurofound's webinar disclaimer and note on the processing of personal data in the context of the webinar (pdf).