EUROGIP publishes a new report entitled: “Platform workers: what status for what social protection? Characteristics – European initiatives – Situation in 6 European countries”.
Platform work is bringing about profound changes in the world of work. The consequences for working conditions are major, with blurred boundaries between employees and self-employed… This transformation has taken place rapidly, thanks to the flourishing development of technology and the massive use of new applications. But regulation has not kept pace, leaving workers often without social security coverage and in “grey areas”.
However, platform work is not free of occupational risks, whether they are common to other professions (MSD, road risk, for example), or linked to the very characteristics of these new jobs, such as the pressure linked to the continuous evaluation system, the need to perform as many tasks as possible, “algorithmic management”, etc.
In order to find concrete solutions to the challenges arising from platform work, the European Commission has proposed a set of measures – including a Directive – to ensure that the workers concerned “can enjoy the labour rights and social benefits to which they are entitled”.
This EUROGIP report does not claim to be exhaustive on such a vast and rapidly evolving subject. Its purpose is to analyse the phenomenon and understand its scope, to take stock of the challenges that this transformation of the world of work poses to our society, particularly in terms of social protection, including occupational injury insurance. It also analyses the actions implemented in recent years at the European Union level and in six countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
(the report is in French only for the moment)