In Europe, it is estimated that around 24 million people, or nearly 10% of men and women of working age, have already collaborated at least once with online work platforms and for 3 million of them. them, it is even their main job.
But what protection for these workers to whom the platforms refuse the status of employee? The European Commission is currently trying to tackle this problem. Consultations were thus launched by Brussels.
“The platform economy is here to stay. New technologies, new sources of knowledge, new forms of work will shape the world in the years to come. And according to all of our work on the digital economy, this are new opportunities that should not come with different rights. Online and offline, everyone should be protected and allowed to work in safety and with dignity. “, explained Margrethe Vestager, Vice-President of the European Commission.
Last week, the UK Supreme Court ruled in favor of a collective of Uber drivers. According to the judges, the relationship between American society and them is indeed salaried and not independent work.
Strange coincidence of the calendar, a few days before this judgment the boss of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi himself, had in mail expressed the new doctrine of the firm: an approach, combining flexibility and protection.
The giant with feet of clay, in deficit across the world, may indeed eventually have to compromise. Before the United Kingdom, at the beginning of 2020, it was the Court of Cassation in France which had also reclassified the relationship between a driver and Uber, in an employee contract. At the time, the company took note of the decision without, however, offering French drivers a significant change in their working conditions.
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