GPA-DJP, the Austrian union of private sector employees, printing, journalism, and paper, has decided to open its membership to platform workers as of January 2019. Among other things, the membership which costs €10 a month grants access to legal protection and advisory services by the trade union. GPA-DJP explains this step by the fact that Austrian labour and social law does not sufficiently answer issues of platform work, as platforms see themselves as a mediator rather than an employer. The union seeks to connect platform workers, spark a debate about working conditions in the platform economy, and gain information on the design and spread of this form of work.


  • Initiative
  • Advice and exchange, Organising and representing workers
  • Austria
  • Employee organisation
  • Yes
  • no specific sector focus
  • representation, industrial relations, social dialogue
  • German
  • 2021
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