The parliamentary Employment and Equality Committee invited us to give an expert statement regarding work in the platform economy. The committee has given its statement, where they voice many of the same concerns and suggestions we pointed out in the hearing.
The committee notes that clear legal rules concerning the platform economy are needed. Now de facto employers may circumvent legal obligations of employers. More so, the committee notes that the definition of employment could be expanded to cover those who now work as freelancers dependent on the platform companies and that they should receive the same rights and responsibilities as those employed with traditional contracts.
As couriers who work in different situations as employees, self-employed and “fake freelancers” for platform companies, we welcome the statement by the committee. We hope that decision makers take the advice of the committee and that companies like Foodora and Wolt begin negotiations with their workers.