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 July 2017, there was a strike of hundreds of Deliveroo riders in Spain, halting work for a few hours to take part in...

In January 2018, about 80 workers affiliated to the food delivery platform Deliveroo went on strike in major cities in the Netherlands...

German delivery firm Hermes announced on 6 March 2020 that it would set aside a £1 million (€1.15 million) support fund for its 15,000 independent delivery workers in the United Kingdom, if they have to self-isolate because of the...

For self-employed or workers in the platform economy who have no access to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), the government facilitated easier access to other social benefits like support for rent costs. In a similar fashion, platform economy...

A temporary compensation scheme was introduced for self-employed workers including platform workers (workers without a business registry...

Deliveroo, a food delivery platform, has opened access to free online learning courses to the families of its Irish delivery staff. The so called ‘...

Ireland has amended its residential tenancies laws to reduce the number of properties being rented out on platforms such as Airbnb. The new legislation requires homeowners to obtain planning permission to be used for tourism or short-...

France has adopted its tax code to introduce specific reporting requirements for platforms. Platforms must provide clear and...

The Italian region of Lazio drafted a manifesto of the ‘Fundamental rights in the gig-economy’, and a new proposed draft legislation titled: ‘Proposal for a regional law on standards for the protection and security of digital workers’...

From 1 May 2017, Italy implemented Decree 50/2017,  a new law regulating short-term accommodation rental (relevant for platforms), popularly...

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