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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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 ...

Sharers & Workers is an initiative established by actors close to social dialogue, the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IRES) and ...

WBREW is the first national trade union for self-employed in Poland. It was established...

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 September 2018, the Workers General Union (Unión General de Trabajadores, UGT) signed a manifesto with ride-hailing platform companies (VTC) such as Cabify, a platform operating in Spain and...

The Spanish Association of the Digital Economy (Adigital) is the business association that promotes the digitalisation of the Spanish economy.

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