Platform economy initiatives

03 Febbraio 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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In the Netherlands, food delivery riders affiliated to the food delivery platform Deliveroo set up an action group and tried to mobilise riders of similar platforms (Foodora, Uber Eats, Thuisbezorgd).

The initiative was created by the Spanish trade union Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT), with the aim to support and organise workers in the platform economy. It aims to get more...

On 18 July 2018, the municipal administration of Milan inaugurated the first office in Italy dedicated to ‘listening, information and advice’ for workers of food delivery platforms. 

Following a series of appeals put forward by the trade union federation FNV (Federatie Nederlands Vakbeweging) against Deliveroo and similar platforms, the...

In November 2019, the Italian Parliament converted into law the Decree no. 101/2019. Law no. 128/2019 provides a reference framework for delivery platform workers, in view of clarifying terms of employment, provide basic protections and...

In September 2019, an amendment to the Road...

Starting from April 2022, a legal amendment in Estonia will allow temporary employment during periods of unemployment without the loss of unemployment insurance...

Guerrilla Translation is a P2P translation and communication cooperative founded in Spain. The goal of the cooperative is to support...

La Sàrria is a platform cooperative offering a bicycle delivery service. It was founded in 2020 in the Spanish city Sabadell with the aim to...

In July  2018, a collective agreement was concluded in the Italian logistics sector which now for the first time includes food delivery riders in its contractual qualifications. The agreement was signed by the unions Confetra, Anita,...

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