The groupists hope to turn the initiative into a bill at the end of this legislative session. BE says that approximately 80,000 people will be at risk.
Left Block (BE) submitted a draft law on Tuesday to regulate labor-management relations with digital platform operators. The purpose is to promote the recognition of employment contracts and to suspend or revoke the licenses of companies that do not do so.
“There are no independent or autonomous jobs, there are dependent jobs, because these platforms, these applications, and their algorithms determine the conditions under which people can work. If these conditions are not met, people will be excluded from work. “, said the coordinator of Left Block, Catarina Martins.
At a press conference in Porto, on the day the government announced the conclusions of the public debate on the Green Paper on Future Work, the coordinator of BE emphasized that for the party, “it is very important to weigh the future of work on this issue”, If we consider the struggle with instability.
“The fight against instability must fight against new forms of instability, not legitimize new forms of instability. We must adapt to jobs that have changed, that is, through digitalization, to ensure that workers receive employment contracts and social protection, not To legitimize this real labor jungle we see on the platform,” he said.
Catarina Martins emphasized that in Portugal, “at least” about 80,000 people rely on these platforms. She pointed out that, for example, a worker who must comply with preventive quarantine, according to the instructions of the General Department of Health, faces two situations.
On the one hand, “almost” there will be no income, “because it may have nothing to do with social security”, on the other hand, “when you want to go back to work you can’t, because of the platform’s algorithm, because it lacked and did not have in those days To provide x service, it just excludes it,” he pointed out, adding that these workers may be fired for doing something they need.
In an interview with reporters, Katarina Martins revealed that the party’s promise is to submit the bill to the Parliament of the Republic during the current legislative session, hoping to be welcomed by all parties.
When asked if she thought the Labor Green Paper was a positive contribution, the coordinator of BE reiterated that she did not know the final version of the document, but considered the risks.
For Catarina Martins, it is even possible to attribute the minimum social protection obligations of these workers to the state, thereby releasing them from their responsibilities to employers with “millions of income” that workers must bear.
“If the Portuguese government bears the social protection costs that these workers are undoubtedly entitled to, but releases their employers, these companies are companies with huge economic power obtained only from the pandemic, it will be a huge mistake, which is related to the overall economy. Structure”, he concluded.
The proposal proposed by Deputy José Soeiro aims to regulate the labor-management relationship with digital platform operators, expand the labor law to include them, and put platform workers into the status of dependent workers.
For this reason, in the defense of the group with expert assistance in this regard, it is necessary to clarify in the law that workers use their own work tools and are not obligated to attend or be punctual or use multiple platforms at the same time. This should be removed from their contractual reality as qualifications. Subordinate employment relationship.
On the other hand, it is necessary to ensure that labor presumptions are suitable for work using digital platforms, that is, to incorporate these workers into the labor law and provide their own labor presumption evidence to promote the recognition of labor contracts. And platform.
Once these signs are verified, these workers believe that BE should be recognized as employees and attribute the responsibilities and responsibilities of employers stipulated in the labor law to the platform.