The European Commission wants platform workers to be better paid and protected. With the proposal that they present on Thursday, more than four million ‘false self-employed’ in Europe would be given the status of employee.

European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit of Social Affairs explains in a conversation with de Volkskrant allow Europe to care about groups in society that have hitherto been often forgotten. He is referring to migrants and young people, who, according to him, often do platform work.

There are currently more than working in the EU. million people through platforms such as Uber and Deliveroo, and the Commission expects this number to be in 2021 has risen to approximately 43 million. These companies are growing, partly due to gaps in national social legislation. For example, the turnover of the platforms has increased fivefold in recent years to 14 billion euros.

Do not kill platform companies Schmit explains that the Commission’s aim is not to kill platform companies help, but to place this sector in a social framework. The proposal states that a platform worker must be regarded as an ordinary employee if a platform unilaterally determines the payment, it is compulsory to use a uniform or bag with a print, the quality of the work is monitored and there is a ban on not paying for other clients.

The Commission estimates that about four million of these workers will be given the title of employee. They would thus be entitled to a minimum wage, paid vacation, pension accrual, insurance and leave schemes. According to the Commission, the costs for the Netherlands would amount to a maximum of 43 million euros per year. Schmit does not expect this change to lead to major price increases for the customer.

Mandatory insight into used algorithms Platform workers often complain about arbitrariness and discrimination at work. The Commission also wants to do something about this. The proposal states that platforms are obliged to provide insight into the algorithms used for the distribution of work and the assessment of personnel. Schmit hopes that these transparency requirements will also affect other sectors where algorithms are used in human resources management.

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