The pandemic seems to have accelerated the expansion of all kinds of platform work and at the same time, platform work is being increasingly associated with difficult working conditions, health and safety risks, and inadequate levels of income for those that rely on it as a source of living. Improving the conditions of platform workers became a topic of great interest in the EU, especially so in the context of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The political process culminated in December 2021 with a proposal by the European Commission of a directive on improving working conditions in platform work. The initiatives to improve the situation of platform workers came in the context of a large body of evidence on the working conditions in platform work. However, there is still a lack of representative comparative evidence on the extent of platform work and the characteristic of workers who engage in it.
Back in 2018, the ETUI launched the first wave of its Internet and Platform Work Survey which avoided the methodological problems that come from the reliance on self-selected online samples of inconsistent quality. At this hybrid event, some of the key insights from the second wave of this survey conducted in fourteen EU countries in Spring 2021, will be presented and discussed with other researchers involved in measuring of the platform economy. The second session will focus on the implications of the expansion of the platform economy and its modes of organising work and employment for the future of work more broadly. And last but not least, European policy makers as well as trade union representatives will share their assessment on the recent developments related to the Directive on improving working conditions in platform work, and will enter in debate with each other, as well as with the audience.
10:00 - 10:15 Opening of the conference
10:15 – 11:15 Session 1: What do data tell us? Key findings from the ETUI Internet and Platform Survey
Chair: Nicola Countouris, ETUI
Input by Agnieszka Piasna, Jan Drahokoupil and Wouter Zwysen, ETUI Download here the presentation
With comments from Sara Baiocco, European Commission Joint Research Centre and Otto Kässi, Oxford Internet Institute
11:15-11:45 Coffee break
11:45 – 13:00 Session 2: The platform economy and the future of work
Chair: Sotiria Theodoropoulou, ETUI
Antonio Aloisi, IE Law School, IE University, Madrid Download here the presentation
Aude Cefaliello, ETUI Download here the presentation
Martin Gruber-Risak, University of Vienna Download here the presentation
Silvia Rainone, ETUI Download here the presentation
Valeria Pulignano, Centre for Sociological Research, KUL
14:00- 15:00 Session 3: Will the EU end the free ride? The state of the art of the Directive on improving working conditions in platform work
Chair: Philippe Pochet, ETUI
Ludovic Voet, ETUC Confederal Secretary
Leila Chaibi, MEP The Left group in the European Parliament
Manuela Geleng, Director for Jobs and Skills in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
15:00 - 15:15 Closing of the conference
EN-FR interpretation will be available.