As the digital platform economy continues to grow, reshaping the European labour market, it is crucial that policies reflect and support this evolution. While the intentions behind the Directive on "improving working conditions in platform work" are commendable, we want to avoid significant risks to the very workforce it aims to protect. This is important in Brussels, but equally at the national level as implementation of the European legislation commences.
The new proposed mandate should not threaten self-employment in Europe, nor force freelance workers to go through a “presumption of being an employee” process.
Ahead of the European Parliament elections in June 2024, and the implementation of the Platform Worker Rights Directive, we therefore set out our key issues and recommendations in order to co-create the future of work.