Platform economy initiatives

03 luty 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 November 2017, Deliveroo riders in Cologne indicated that they wanted to found a works council. Deliveroo’s management initially refused. However, with support of the German Food, Beverages and Catering...

AssoDelivery is an employer organisation of the Italian food delivery industry which aims to ensure that platforms operating in the food delivery sector have a unified representative organisation. On 15 September 2020, AssoDelivery and...

On 26 March 2021, the German Bundestag passed the controversial amendment to the Passenger Transport Act. The amendment for the first time provides an explicit legal framework that allows digital passenger transport service providers,...

On 29 May 2021 in Tuscany, an agreement was signed between the food delivery platform Just Eat, platform workers, and trade union CGIL (Italian General Confederation of Labour),...

In March 2021, Free Now has launched the ‘We are taxi drivers’ campaign which aims to give more visibility to female taxi drivers within the sector to celebrate the coming...

The Rider Union Reggio Emilia was established on 24 March 2021, with an aim of...

In May 2019, LaConsegna, a food delivery company active in the Tuscan capital, has signed a collective agreement with trade union FILT-CGIL (Italian Federation of Transport Workers),...

In May 2020, the union Riders for rights (Rider xi diritti) was established by riders from various Italian cities. The main aim is to protect riders from income and health risks, as most riders are working for digital food delivery...

Liefern am Limit is an initiative that represents platform workers in the food delivery industry.

On 22 March 2021, the European Council has adopted new rules to strengthen administrative cooperation in the area of taxation and include sales through digital platforms. The new rules aim to address the issues caused by the increasing...

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