Fair work in the platform economy (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

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Mišljenje EGSO-a: Fair work in the platform economy (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)

In this opinion, the EESC notes that platforms have "a generally positive impact on the economy", contributing as much to job creation and innovation, flexibility and autonomy for workers, as to ensuring income for workers (often supplementary) and allowing vulnerable people to access employment. It also notes that there are risks that must not be underestimated: (i) for workers, the denial of basic rights, including the rights to organisation and collective bargaining; precariousness; low pay; the increasing intensity of work; the extreme fragmentation of work on a global scale; the non-affiliation of workers to social security schemes; and (ii) for society, the increased risk of competition based on undercutting social standards.

The Committee urges the Commission and the Member States to clarify the concepts of employer, supply and demand intermediary, employee, self-employed worker and move towards uniformity of concepts in order to achieve decent work in the platform economy.