Webinar: Making the Platform Economy Work Well for Workers (Nov 8) @ Eurofound

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On 8 November 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 CET, Eurofound will host a webinar: Making the platform economy work well for workers.

Platform workers are one of the new forms of employment making a global impact. Eurofound’s 2-hour webinar will provide a forum to go beyond the debate about the challenges inherent to this new form of employment and focus on possible solutions to tackle the various work and employment-related implications of platform work.

Moderated by Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper, the webinar will include a lively and interactive panel discussion:

  • Irene Mandl, Head of Employment at Eurofound, will present fresh research on platform work, a rapidly growing sector of the digital economy. Irene will frame the discussion with Eurofound’s findings on challenges related to platform work, highlighting new solutions for workers already in place.
  • Andreas Valkiers is an Advisor to the Belgian Minister for Health and Social Affairs. In Belgium on 1 July 2016 the government introduced a favourable tax regime at national level to create a more positive environment for new forms of work. As of 1 January 2018, income of up to €6,000 per annum generated through registered platforms is taxed at 10% (compared to 33% for other forms of income) and platform work is exempt from value added tax. Andreas will share his experiences and the benefits of this new approach.
  • Thorkild Holmboe Hay is a Policy and Communications Advisor with 3F, the largest trade union in Denmark. He will tell the story of how hundreds of Danish online platform workers are going to benefit from protection under EU and national labour law as part of the first collective bargaining agreement of its kind between 3F and Hilf.dk. a cleaning company, providing services for around 1,700 customers in Denmark. The agreement entered into force on 1 August 2018. Thorkild, the author of the agreement, will explain how the domestic cleaners, who were formerly self-employed have become workers who now benefit from greater protection.

The webinar will be an opportunity to share experiences, concerns and benefits of innovative approaches aimed at addressing the downsides of this employment form. This webinar is aimed at platform workers, social partners, EU and national policy makers as well as academics and representatives from civil society.


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Platform work is the online matching of the supply of and demand for paid work. It remains small in scale in Europe but is evolving rapidly. Initially, this employment form was largely limited to low-paid, low-skilled, online micro tasks. As it grows, however, an increasingly wide and varied range of tasks is being mediated by online platforms.

To map the complexity of these recent developments, Eurofound has established a classification, of platform work. In its research, it found ten types where a critical mass of platforms and affiliated workers has been reached in the EU. An in-depth analysis of three of these types shows that some of the benefits and challenges that workers are experiencing are shared. Others, however, are specific to the individual type of platform work. This means that any discussion on potential positive and/or negative effects of platform work, and the resulting policy responses, requires a more differentiated focus rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.


Thorkild Holmboe-Hay
Thorkild Holmboe-Hay has been policy and communications adviser at 3F since 2015. He is an experienced political consultant with long experience of working in organisation management in the not-for-profit sector. He has a strong background in media and communication and has specialised in political communication, employment law, political strategy, strategic consulting, and leadership development. Holder of a Masters in employment relations and human resource management from the University of Aalborg, he also studied political leadership and political communications at the universities of Aarhus and South Denmark. He is currently undertaking a postgraduate course in Professional Communications at Roskilde University.
Simon Kuper
Simon Kuper has been working for the Financial Times since 1994, and now writes a general column for the newspaper. He is the author of several books including Football Against the Enemy (winner of the William Hill prize for Sports Book of the Year 1994), Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe during the Second World War (2003), and (co-author with Stefan Szymanski) Soccernomics (2009). He also writes for magazines in Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries. He has won several awards for his journalism, including the Manuel Vazquez Montalban prize for sportswriting in 2008 (sponsored by FC Barcelona) and the British Society of Magazine Editors’ prize for Columnist of the Year in 2016. He was educated at Oxford University and Harvard.
Irene Mandl
Irene Mandl is Head of the Employment unit at Eurofound. She holds a master’s degree in International Business Administration and one in Business and Law. Before joining Eurofound, she worked in policy-oriented socioeconomic research in Austria in the fields of employment and labour market, as well as entrepreneurship and industry analysis. At Eurofound, she is mainly involved in research on labour market developments (including new forms of work and employment, digitalisation or restructuring and related public policy approaches) and topics in the intersection of employment and entrepreneurship (such as job creation, workplace practices, small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and scale-ups or internationalisation).
. Andreas Valkiers
Andreas Valkiers is adviser to the Belgian Minister of Health and Social Affairs. In this role, he advises the minister on public policy responses to new forms of work, such as platform work. He holds a Masters degree in law with a specialisation in public and social law from K U Leuven, as well as a Masters in law and economics (Università di Bologna and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research). He is also an attorney-at-law focusing on labour and social security law.


Syndicated with permission from Eurofound – European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.

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