The labour ministers of France, Portugal, Slovenia and Germany, as well as the EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor, the social partners and stakeholders engaged in a virtual dialogue on 20 July 2021 to discuss the global opportunities and challenges posed by the platform economy.
Platform work is on the rise and is increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated the expansion of platform work. This trend is expected to continue and the role of platform work will grow further - both online and in the form of on-location gig work.
Platform work often has a cross-border nature. Due to this international dimension, it is of crucial importance to discuss a global approach to platform work and to strengthen international cooperation in this area.
During the exchange, participants agreed that a strong platform economy is an important element of a digital economy with fair, decent working conditions and social protection for platform workers as well as clear regulatory frameworks for companies. They aim to promote this goal in the relevant bodies at the international level, agreed to continue the dialogue on platform work among our labour ministries at the technical and political levels and warmly invite other countries to join them in this effort.