ETUC urges member states to back platform work law

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Millions of workers across Europe could benefit from new rights, says the ETUC, if the latest version of the platform directive is backed by member state governments. The text is still being negotiated by the European Parliament, Council and Commission but could deliver important improvements, including a reversal of the burden of proof so that platforms would have to prove that there is no employment relationship. It also will require inspections in the workplace following any reclassification of a worker to assess the situation of their co-workers; transparency over the algorithms that set and regulate work; and a central role for trade unions and collective bargaining in the evolving platform economy. The ETUC underlines how important it will be for public authorities to take action to enforce the directive once implemented and to reinforce their labour inspectorates, many of which have been cut back in recent years.

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