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 digital platform observatory is a joint initiative of ETUC European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), ...

In October 2018, the Transnational Federation of Couriers was founded, representing platform workers across Europe. Its aim is to improve the working conditions of workers in the platform economy. Interviews with workers that attended...

Justice4Couriers is a campaign by Finish delivery platform workers to improve the working conditions of couriers and drivers. The campaign demands repeal to pay cuts, transparent shift...

The Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, a policy research organisation with a focus on entrepreneurship and small enterprise development, finds a tendency...

3F is a Danish trade union that aims to secures better wage and working conditions for its members. In April 2018, 3F and Hilfr signed the first collective agreement on...

MTurk Crowd has a daily thread where workers and clients can share information and tasks and provides how-to guides for new or aspiring workers. Workers share, for example, links to lucrative...

The free Crowd Workers browser tool aims to provide Amazon Mechanical Turk workers with enough information to make educated decisions on which tasks to accept. The extension is downloaded...

Pinploy, which mediates handyman services, provides workers with educational documentation related to performance of tasks and guidelines on conduct (improvement of relationship with clients for...

The initiative was launched to help the General Labour Federation of Belgium Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique in French, FGTB; Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond in Dutch, ABVV...

Sindacato-Networkers is one of the first trade union platforms targeting ICT professionals and employees in the services sector and platform workers. Sindacato-Networkers offers a series of...

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