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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Indépendants.co is a union of self-employed workers in France. Launched in February 2020, it collectivises and represents self-employed workers. The...

La Cour Cyclette is a cooperative that provides a public space located in Val-de-Marne near Paris, where visitors can consume and purchase short-...

Les Cyclopes is a platform cooperative that was established in 2020 by the...

In November 2019, the Framework Law on Mobility was adopted in France. The new framework aims primarily at new mobility solutions and reducing carbon emissions...

In 2016, the General Confederation of Labour (Confédération générale du travail...

On 16 October 2015, a private drivers' union ...

The General Confederation of Labour (CGT) incorporates union branches dedicated to delivery work in Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Paris and Toulouse.  

On 31 January 2021, Just Eat announced its decision to employ its riders. Until the end of the year, it planned to sign contracts with 4500 riders in 30 French ...

In April 2021, the Paris Court of Appeal rejected a Deliveroo rider’s request for the reclassification of his service contract with the company as an employment ...

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