Platform economy initiatives

03 februari 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 network consists of an international cooperation between trade unions and social partners in the Danube region. It has been operational between...

The Riders Collective started as part of the Digital Danube Network (DiDaNet) project, financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour. The...

SMart is a cooperative production house for freelancers (which may include platform workers) and projects that have been awarded cultural grants.

In October 2018, the Transnational Federation of Couriers was established, representing platform workers across Europe. Its aim is to improve the working conditions of workers in the platform economy. The founding summit was held in...

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The Gorillas Workers Collective was established by a group of food delivery workers employed by Gorillas, an app-based grocery delivery start-up...

The Deliver Union is a group of Foodora and Deliveroo bicycle couriers which started organising themselves in 2016 within the FAU Berlin (Freie ...

France has updated its tax code to introduce specific reporting requirements for platforms. The law aims to better target...

The Industry Sharing Safety Programme was introduced by Uber and Lyft to enhance the safety for both customers and the entire ride-sharing industry. Under this programme, Uber and Lyft will share data with each other about the drivers...

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