The Workers’ Observatory

Gig workers, the Scottish Trades Union Congress, University of Edinburgh
Creation date:

The Workers’ Observatory is a worker-led collaboration based in Edinburgh, supporting platform and gig workers to develop tools and tactics to build the information and influence they need to become collectively empowered. It is founded by platform workers to ‘monitor new forms of work in the city and develop tools and tactics to take advantage of them. It aims to equip workers to make inquiries as to how wages, time and conditions are determined – all basic information and issues around which workers aim to collectively bargain. Groups of gig workers, supported by academic and union collaborators, are piloting active research projects for informing organising work and identifying issues. These inquiries will also contribute to a wider effort to give platform workers a voice and influence in the development of policy in Scotland.

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.