Platform economy initiatives

03 Februar 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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GPA-DJP, the Austrian union of private sector employees, printing, journalism, and paper, has decided to open...

Turker Nation is a general forum where (mainly US-based) Amazon Mechanical Turk workers discuss issues related to aspects of work on the platform, such as problems they encounter,...

On 18 July 2018, the municipal administration of Milan inaugurated the first office in Italy dedicated to ‘listening, information and advice’ for workers of food delivery platforms. The office will also offer free training courses on...

Reddit has two ‘subreddits’ on which Amazon Mechanical Turk workers share links, posts and information. r/mturk is dedicated to advice, troubleshooting and social conversation....

Mturkgrind is a forum for Amazon Mechanical Turk workers and requesters. The main areas are threads related to advice for a variety of issues (such as resolving issues verifying the account,...

MTurk forum is an online webpage for workers and requesters on Amazon Mechanical Turk. For workers, the forum has areas for discussions on topics such as personal financial goals, statistics...

Sharers & Workers aims to stimulate knowledge generation and information dissemination on the collaborative economy. It does this through working together with trade union-affiliated...

Founded by the Federation of auto-entrepreneurs (a sub-group of self-employed) and the association ‘Support the growth’, the observatory gathers among others, self-employed workers, platforms...

The Italian Workers’ Union in the Tourism, Trade and Service Sectors (Unione Italiana Lavoratori Turismo Commercio e Servizi, UILTuCS) and the Italian Workers’ Federation for Trade, Hotel, Canteen and Service Sectors (Federazione...

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