Members' Research Service By / February 14, 2022

Improving the working conditions of platform workers [EU Legislation in Progress]

Platform work can be defined as a type of work where an online platform serves as an intermediary between platform workers, who provide services, and paying clients.

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Written by Monika Kiss (1st edition).

Platform work is an umbrella concept covering a heterogeneous group of economic activities completed through a digital platform. As platform workers’ rights are not enshrined in EU labour law, this increasingly leads to problems related to various aspects of their work (working conditions, healthcare, unemployment, pensions) and human development (education, training, recognition of skills). To remedy this situation, the European Commission has submitted a proposal for a directive aimed at improving the working conditions of platform workers, clarifying their employment status and supporting the sustainable growth of digital labour platforms in the EU.

Versions

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on improving working conditions in platform work
Committee responsible:Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)COM(2021) 762
09.12.2021.
Rapporteur:Elisabetta Gualmini (S&D, Italy)2021/0414(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Dennis Radtke (EPP, Germany)Ordinary legislative procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council
on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

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