The European Commission has launched a six-week
consultation with unions and employer bodies on how to improve
working conditions for digital platform workers.
On 24 February 2021, the European Commission launched the first
phase of its consultation on working conditions for digital
platform workers in the gig economy.
The consultation comes as the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated
the digital transformation of the European economy and the
expansion of the platform model: 11% of the EU workforce say they
have already provided services through a platform. It will tackle
particular areas of concern around health and safety and limited
access to social protection and benefits for platform workers.
European trade unions and employers’ bodies will be asked to
give their views on the following questions:
- Do you consider that the European
Commission has correctly and sufficiently identified the issues and
the possible areas for EU action?
- Do you consider that EU action is
needed to effectively address the identified issues and achieve the
- If so, should the action cover all
people working in platforms, whether workers or self-employed?
Should it focus on specific types of digital labour platforms, and
if yes which ones?
- If EU action is deemed necessary,
what rights and obligations should be included in that action? Do
the objectives presented in this document present a comprehensive
overview of actions needed?
- Would you consider initiating a
dialogue under Article 155 TFEU on any of the issues identified in
(Article 155 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European
Union provides for dialogue between employers and labour unions or
The consultation will be in two stages, and the results will
feed into the legislative initiative on platform work which the EU
has promised by the end of 2021.
The consultation document is available here.
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