On 24 February 2021, the European Commission launched the first phase of its consultation on working conditions for digital platform workers in the gig economy.
The consultation comes as the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the digital transformation of the European economy and the expansion of the platform model: 11% of the EU workforce say they have already provided services through a platform. It will tackle particular areas of concern around health and safety and limited access to social protection and benefits for platform workers.
European trade unions and employers’ bodies will be asked to give their views on the following questions:
(Article 155 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union provides for dialogue between employers and labour unions or representatives)
The consultation will be in two stages, and the results will feed into the legislative initiative on platform work which the EU has promised by the end of 2021.
The consultation document is available here.