Fairwork Foundation

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Manchester, IIITB, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape
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The Fairwork foundation was launched in the Autumn of 2017. It gathers the expertise of several European and international universities in the fields of work practices and working conditions on digital labour platforms. Fairwork’s objectives are to imagine and help achieve a fairer platform economy with better conditions for its workers. For this, Fairwork highlights best and worst practices in the platform economy. Bringing together platforms, workers, trade unions, regulators, and academics, it put in place a scoring system based on five principles: fair play, fair conditions, fair contracts, fair management and fair representation. These principles are then translated into measurable thresholds against which platforms are evaluated. In October 2019, Fairwork released its first annual report, including analyses and ratings of 22 platforms in India and South Africa. It is now conducting research on platforms in Germany and the UK, with a view of publishing results in 2020, and it is starting to develop a further focus on Latin American countries.

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.