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CGIL launched its NIdiL (Nuove Identità di Lavoro – New work identities) section in 1998 to ensure representation and protection for atypical workers. It now represents several categories of atypical workers, such as temporary workers, collaborators, the self-employed and the unemployed. NIdiL is engaged to prevent the abuse of self-employed work relations. When the classification of workers as self-employed is correct, it fights to ensure that self-employed have more rights and protections. Workers of the platform economy, including riders, are also members of NIdiL CGIL. During the Covid19 crisis, NIdiL launched several campaigns in protection of platform economy workers. For example, in Piedmont it supported a strike by Amazon workers who denounced the inacepptable working conditions imposed by the company during the emergency. At national level, NIdiL launched the #dimenticatidaconte action, denouncing the fact that measures taken by the Italian government were largely inadequate for riders. It also promoted a court case against JUST EAT which led to the recognition of the right to safety and health for platform workers and which established the applicability of the employment relationship regulation to them. NIdiL CGIL has also been engaged in getting closer to self-organised movements of riders and the union has kept a forward-looking cooperation with the other two most representative Italian trade union confederations in putting forward proposal for the better protection of this category of workers towards the Italian goverment. Together with CGIL and its federations, NIdiL promotes the idea of a Universal Charter of Labour Rights, which calls for granting rights based on constitutional principles to all workers regardless of their status.

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.