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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The agreement between the transportation (by small, electric, three-wheeled moped) start-up Bzzt and the Swedish Transport Workers’ Union allows Bzzt drivers to be covered by the Taxi Agreement,...

In 2019, GMB (a union affiliated to the Trades Union Congress ) and the delivery company Hermes signed a...

In September 2018, the Workers General Union (Unión General de Trabajadores, UGT) signed a manifesto of intentions with the employer organisation of...

The Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (Algemeen Christelijk Vakverbond in Dutch, Confédération des syndicats chrétiens in French, ACV-CSC) has been cooperating since the...

The Ministry of Infrastructure in Slovenia has made amendments to its Road Transport Act (Zakon o prevozih v cestnem prometu) to consider the...

In Portugal, a new regulation stipulates that individual workers cannot have a direct relationship with Uber. A regulation for the transport sector (Lei no. 45/2018 –...

The insurance company AXA and carpooling platform BlaBlaCar have worked together since 2015 to provide BlaBlaCar members roadside assistance. On 30 May 2018, they announced the new programme ‘BlaBlaSure/AXA’ which offers for 14 million...

On 25 July 2017, Uber and AXA insurance announced they would work together to provide free accident insurance for Uber drivers in France. This...

In December 2017, 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...

In March 2017, Foodora bike couriers elected a works council in Vienna, which aims to negotiate an agreement with the Foodora...

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