Platform economy initiatives

03 February 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 2019, Lieferando workers established a works council. In response, Lieferando ...

In 2019, the city Vienna issued an amendment to the building code prohibiting short term rentals in residential zones. In certain areas, rooms or apartments can...

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...

Fahrwerk is a collective of couriers established in 2009 in Berlin, which...

The Crow Cycle Courier Collective is an independent and self-organised cooperative based in Berlin, which functions without an authority mediating...

Khora (formerly Kolyma2) is a collective of food delivery couriers started by a former Deliveroo courier in Berlin. It aims to provide fair conditions to...

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