The Covid pandemic has drawn new attention to the key importance of personal services for household survival, ranging from food delivery to care services. But all too often such services are provided by precarious workers, often employed via online platforms. Platform work is widespread across Europe and growing rapidly, research funded by the European Foundation for Progressive […]
Social rights for the platform workers
Digital technology in the workplace is often associated with increasing precariousness of work and worsening working conditions. This is perhaps most visible in the platform economy, where online platforms control in detail how workers carry out their tasks, while the latter often lack access to social protection and collective bargaining.
And yet, this is part of a broader trend. Especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, digital technologies and algorithmic management are being deployed across the workforce, risking to further limit worker autonomy. Many of these issues can and should be addressed by applying, tweaking and flexibly interpreting existing labour, social security and data protection rules. But policymakers should also look beyond regulation alone: could they use public platforms to provide more tailored and effective public services to those citizens who need it?
The labour status of people working in the online platform economy is key to their socio-economic protection. But it has proven a difficult issue for courts and regulators. The EU is considering introducing a ‘rebuttable presumption of employment’ to help address this problem. What could this entail exactly? For some time now, one of the […]
All managerial functions are now entrusted to algorithm-powered tools, raising large expectations and new risks. This trend is not confined to platform work. No economic sector is immune to the adoption of such systems. The EU institutions are engaged in a promising process that may lead to new regulatory solutions, but social dialogue and collective […]
Politics at work in a time of Zeitenwende
How can the European centre-left advance an agenda based on industrial policy, social partnership and the integration of the labour interest into the apparatus of the state? Thoughts from a roundtable in London. The future of work is often treated as principally a question of technology. The impression is given that we find ourselves in […]
The European Health Data Space… for whom?
Published on 3 May 2022, the proposal for a regulation on the European Health Data Space (EHDS) aims to provide a common framework across EU member states for accessing and sharing health data to support healthcare delivery, such as electronic health records, patient registries, and genomic data, and to facilitate health research, policymaking, and legislation. […]
Digital strategic autonomy: the EU needs to go beyond legislation
To achieve strategic autonomy in the digital domain, the EU must do more than legislate. It needs to assert more political control over crucial supply chains and standardisation processes, and invest in the development of public digital infrastructure. Digital strategic autonomy: the EU needs to go beyond legislation This European Commission – a ‘geopolitical’ Commission […]