April 1, 2020

Collective Bargaining Agreements to regulate gig work

Unionen, which organises white-collar workers within the private sector in Sweden, sees Swedish platform firms’ intentions to be serious actors on the labour market. A few have already signed collective bargaining agreements, and Unionen is negotiating with others. Two of the CBA:s are in the Temporal Work sector.
The rationale for platform firms to sign collective bargaining agreements seems to be threefold. Firstly, these firms appear to have a genuine ambition of being a good employer, a factor often overlooked in the negative reporting on platform firms. Secondly, their business model is to attract other firms as customers, actually making themselves employers of workers who sign up for tasks with customer firms. These customer firms often have policies safeguarding against precarious work, encouraging or obliging them to work with platform firms with similar policies. Thirdly, platform white-collar workers in the private sector (often workers with specific skills or students looking for an extra income)  know their worth, meaning they demand of platforms to be transparent and accessible and to ensure decent pay.

Digital Platform Observatory

The digital platform observatory is a joint initiative of ETUC, IRES and ASTREES, funded by the European Commission. It brings together trade unionists, experts, activists, specialists of workers representation and collective action in the  platform economy.