Attempts for legal protection of platform workers is progressing both at the UE and individual Member States level. The European trade unions are striving to extend the definition of employee to platform workers and are taking numerous initiatives to support them in the fight for decent working conditions.
On September 14, 2021, an online meeting of members of the European Observatory of Digital Labour Platforms operating at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) took place. During the meeting, the results of the team's over two-year work were presented. A website has been developed that provides an overview of trade unions’ and other actors’ initiatives to protect the platform workers’ rights. The website also allows these initiatives to network and share experiences. In addition, as part of the Observatory, a set of practical tools were developed to support platform workers in organising and conducting collective dialogue with employers. The project also included expert meetings with platform workers in several European countries to collect needs for improving working conditions and collective action.
During the Observatory meeting, representatives of the European Trade Union Confederation presented actions aimed at establishing legislation to protect platform workers:
- ETUC position in the first phase of public consultations announced by the European Commission,
- ETUC position in the second phase of public consultations announced by the European Commission,
- Report on fair working conditions, rights and social protection for platform workers – new forms of employment linked to digital development prepared by the European Parliament,
- the 'World Day of Decent Work' event planned for October 7, the purpose of which is to draw attention of public actors to the situation of platform workers
The meeting was attended by Dominik Owczarek, Director of the Social Policy Program, as a representative of the Institute of Public Affairs in the Observatory as an associate member.