What makes the gig economy so effective
Gig economyEU starts initiative against exploitation in platform work
The EU Commission is considering legal measures to better protect platform workers from exploitation. It should be about the question of whether platforms like Uber and Deliveroo have to employ their workers, whether they can set up works councils and unions, but also how much monitoring by algorithms should be allowed in the workplace. The EU is advising trade unions and employers on this, as the Commission announced on Wednesday.
More than 24 million people in Europe have so far offered their labor via platforms, and for around three million the gig economy is even the main source of income, estimates the EU Commission.
The term gig economy encompasses various forms of platform work in which people originally offered isolated services - so-called gigs - via online services. In the case of delivery or chauffeur services, however, the platforms today often offer constant employment. So far, however, less than half of the EU countries have their own laws for this type of work, according to the commission
In Germany and most other countries, for example, drivers are not employed by taxi and delivery services, and there are repeated complaints about working conditions. Delivery services boomed during the pandemic, but corporations do not always pass their economic success on to their workforce.
Statutory information obligation?
The EU initiative aims to target all work that is mediated via platforms. A new EU law could, for example, ensure that labor law is enforced where workers should actually be employed. To this end, platforms could be legally obliged to grant supervisory authorities access to information for labor law controls.
Working conditions should also become fairer, for example through a statutory provision for platforms to provide precise information about the expected duration and payment for work orders. There must also be an effective option for employees to object to algorithmic decisions. According to the EU document, this could also reduce the risk of discrimination through algorithms.
The Commission is now submitting the possible measures to the social partners as part of a consultation process. Together with trade unions and employers: proposals for possible legal measures or recommendations could be worked out, according to Brussels.
Lobbying from California to Brussels
How platform work should be dealt with is a political issue in many places. In California, a November referendum overturned a law that would have forced companies like Uber and Lyft to hire their drivers. The referendum was preceded by intensive corporate lobbying.
However, it set a setback for Uber in Great Britain. There the highest court ruled that the taxi service did not just provide services to its drivers. Rather, they should be viewed as employees.
Platforms such as Uber, Deliveroo and Airbnb are also lobbying in Brussels. Their main concern is to use their "innovative" services to escape the rules that apply to their competition in the conventional taxi, delivery or rental business. This was the conclusion reached in 2019 by the NGO Corporate Europe Observatory and the Austrian Chamber of Labor. The lobbying from the gig economy is only just beginning and will continue to increase, according to the conclusion. The Commission's deliberations on legal measures should only accelerate this.
About the author
- What is the initial name
- Is it a habit to be tough?
- How is life in Scotland
- What is the streaming medium
- Has anyone used Nerdify
- What are p-type and n-type
- Can light or energy be black
- Will Diablo Immortal come to PC
- What are the careers in the visual arts
- What is China's position on the collaborative economy
- Who is Corbyn's preferred successor
- Why does Islam oppose Christianity
- Are there freshwater eels
- Technically, Washington DC is a country
- Buddhism allows masturbation
- Can stray cats survive on their own?
- Brown social suicide in East Asia
- How to treat a rat bite
- How can unwanted stress be eliminated
- Is it bad to turn off emotions
- What are your little joys of life
- How are AAA video games funded
- What are the uses of optical apartments
- Which debit cards work in Indonesia
- Is it true that protein kills fat?
- What would happen if Russia invaded Moldova?
- Which song has the most shameful lyrics
- What's next for Theresa May after Brexit
- How many Jews live in Canada
- Is VPN a proxy
- What is 5 10 5 10
- Gaense is known to kill ducks
- How should I deal with my mood swings
- What are the benefits of shorthand