Fairwork is an international research project analysing labour standards in the platform economy. Since 2019, we have evaluated working conditions in 484 platforms operating in 38 countries across five continents, interviewing over 5000 workers and several dozen platform managers. Our research has highlighted important shortcomings in labour standards in the platform economy, in Europe and beyond.
This policy brief presents an analysis of current proposals from the EU to regulate platform work. Current texts on the EU Directive on Platform Work make important strides in guaranteeing better working conditions for platform workers in the region. Yet, the current texts fall short in some important aspects that are crucial in guaranteeing fair and decent working conditions in the platform economy in Europe and worldwide.