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Priority 4: Working conditions and job quality


Organising is more and more vital to trade unions and workers alike. Especially for freelancers, all those who daily face different forms of flexible work in various ways and often do so, without certain or recognized rights. 

With technology bringing a personalisation and disintermediation to labour relationships, workers still need to have a voice and role in the process. What were previously the gangmasters or the traditional heads of HR can nowadays be algorithms setting the rules/times/conditions of work. We must figure out together how to engage new – and old – workers and bargain the algorithms.

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  • to describe the actual situation of the platform workers and freelancers in different European countries;
  • to identify the needs and the ways to defend the rights of platform workers and freelancers through collective bargaining;
  • to exchange practices regarding organising platform workers and freelancers into the labour movement;
  • to discover the latest European initiatives and ETUC policies concerning the protection of these groups of workers;
  • to develop ideas for actions to protect platform workers and freelancers.
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Carine Boon