Solving the problems of platform workers is even more urgent than before the coronavirus pandemic. Trade unions legal and advisory initiatives in Europe were discussed during video-conference meeting of the European Observatory of Digital Labour Platforms.
Members of the European Observatory of Digital Labour Platforms operating at the European Trade Union Confederation met during a videoconference this time on April 30, 2020 due to the fact that the previously planned meeting in Brussels could not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic. During the meeting, a prototype of the website was presented, which is intended to map initiatives addressed to platform workers . The collection and updating of these initiatives will be conducted in the coming months. Further functionalities will also be launched: a calendar of events related to the protection of platform employees, an autonomous communication platform for employees.
During the meeting two documents prepared by the European Trade Union Confederation were presented:
- National measures to protect non-standard workers including workers in the platform economy (link)
- Scandal paper on platforms abuses amidst the Covid-19 crisis (link)
Current activities of the European Trade Union Confederation in the area of shaping legislation at EU level as well as national trade unions were also discussed. An important activity in this respect is the participation in consultations of two initiatives of the European Commission: European strategy for data and a white paper on artificial intelligence (link).
The meeting was attended by Dominik Owczarek, Director of the Social Policy Program of the IPA as an associated member.