Extending rights and protection via agreement and representation

The Workers’ Observatory

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 […]

UGT - Manifesto of intentions - car rental companies

In September 2018, UGT signed a manifesto of intentions with the employers’ organisation of car rental companies with drivers, including Cabify, a platform operating in Spain and in 10 other countries. Negotiations on the agreement were launched after drivers got in touch with UGT and informed it of their working situation. The agreement aims at […]

YouTubers Union and IG Metall "FairTube" Campaign

YouTubers Union led by a Berlin-based YouTuber   has joined forces with IG Metall to ask YouTube to improve transparency and communication around monetization and views of videos. YouTubers Union and IG Metall launched the formal campaign  FairTube. They are collectively protesting YouTube’s 2017 changes in its advertising rules, elaborating proposals for improved communication, fairness, […]

Advice for Self-Employed

Ver.di offers self-employed individuals special information, support and an opportunity to become actively involved. Concerning platform workers, the measure develops on the idea to elaborate some recommendations for action for unionists about what to do for crowd work.On the basis of a survey with unions’ officials and works councils in 2016, it came out IT […]

Agreement between Bzzt and the Swedish Transport Workers’ Union

The agreement between the transportation (by small, electric, three-wheeled moped) start-up  Bzzt and the Swedish Transport Workers’ Union allows Bzzt drivers to be covered by the Taxi Agreement, which gives the workers access to the same standards as traditional taxi drivers. Unlike many platform companies, the drivers in Bzzt are offered  marginal part-time contracts.  The […]

Deliveroo Works Council in Cologne and other German cities

In January 2018, Deliveroo riders in Cologne announced that they would hold works council elections in February. Despite Deliveroo’s resistance to this initiative, including the dismissal of permanent staff and erasing the internal chat allowing workers to organise shifts, elections led to the setting up of the first Deliveroo works council in Germany. Riders had […]

Foodora works council in Cologne and other German cities

Foodora riders in Cologne elected their first works council in Summer 2017. This was also the first works council to be elected by riders of the platform economy in Germany. Foodora’s riders in Cologne started organising through a Whatsapp group chat, but soon went to NGG, a German trade union active in the food, beverages […]

GMB

Hermes’ self-employed couriers now have the option to take holiday pay and have guaranteed earnings following a groundbreaking deal between the leading consumer delivery company and GMB Union. In early 2019, GMB (a union affiliated to the TUC) and the delivery company Hermes signed the first-ever collective bargaining agreement in the UK for self-employed couriers […]

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 […]

Syndicom and Mila Code of Conduct

Syndicom, the Swiss trade union for media and communication sectors, and Mila, a platform providing repair and tech services, signed a code of conduct in February 2019. It is the first such code in Switzerland. The code of conduct includes 8 principles aimed at creating trust and fairness in relations between the platform and the […]
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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.