Platform economy initiatives

03 Februāris 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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Toilet Dignity campaign is a campaign organised by Unite, a UK and Irish trade union aiming at protecting workers’ rights in the...

Since September 2019, there is a collective agreement...

Justice for Foodora Couriers is organised by a group of Foodora riders in Canada to improve their fellow food riders’ working conditions. They are mainly campaigning for a fair compensation...

During the COVID-19 crisis, Foodora instructed their riders to source the necessary protective equipment themselves and promised to claim up to €12 back in expenses.  

Further reading:

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During the COVID-19 crisis, Wolt has introduced various supports for their food delivery riders.

In detail, Wolt have provided:

  • Stricter hygiene and safety guidelines for riders and restaurants;
  • 10,000
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Justice4Couriers is a campaign by Finish delivery platform workers to improve the working conditions of couriers and drivers. The campaign demands repeal to pay cuts, transparent shift...

3F is a Danish trade union that aims to secures better wage and working conditions for its members. In April 2018, 3F and Hilfr signed the first collective agreement on...

Service Union United (PAM) is a Finnish trade union representing workers in private services sectors, founded in 2000. It is a member of two global umbrella organisations for services sector unions...

The Wolt Workers Group (WWG) is a Copenhagen-based worker organisation that consists of a group of Wolt riders who are campaigning for better working and pay conditions and offering...

According to Wolt in Germany, Wolt riders are entitled to sick pay starting on their fifth week of the employment, free gear provided by Wolt, and overtime allowance...

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