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Platforms: European Commission makes proposals for better working conditions

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The European Commission proposed on Thursday 9 December a series of measures to improve working conditions in digital platforms. Today, 28 million Europeans work on them. By 2025, there should be 43 million. In 90% of cases, they are self-employed.

The Commission has therefore published :

  • A Communication on Better Working Conditions for a Stronger Social Europe: harnessing the full benefits of digitalisation for the future of work. The text sets out the EU’s approach and measures on work via a platform. National authorities, social partners and other relevant actors will complement it with actions they should implement at their level. It also aims to lay the foundations for work on future global standards to ensure high quality work via a platform.
  • A proposal for a directive that provides for measures to properly determine the employment status of people working through digital work platforms. It enshrines new rights for employees and self-employed workers with regard to algorithmic management.
  • Draft guidelines clarifying the application of EU competition law to collective agreements of self-employed workers without employees who seek to improve their working conditions, including those working through digital work platforms. These guidelines are subject to public consultation.

Of note, a study carried out on behalf of the Commission and supporting the impact assessment of the EU legislative initiative, addresses the following three key issues:

  1. the misclassification of the employment status of people working on platforms
  2. the fairness and transparency of algorithmic management practices applied by labour platforms
  3. the performance, transparency and traceability of platform work, including in cross-border situations.

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