The EU Employment Commissioner advocates a legal framework at the community level
The European Commission hopes to have an “equality field” in the labor protection of workers on platforms such as Uber or Glovo, and emphasizes that despite the differences between employers and unions, it “needs a framework” at the European level.
“I think there is a common consensus that some kind of legal framework is needed, but there are obviously big differences between trade unions and employers,” said Nicholas Schmidt, EU Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights.
According to the official, “The union believes that a legal framework is needed, and this is actually even more unacceptable to employers.”
“But we will see what will be the outcome of the next negotiation,” Nicholas Schmidt said, referring to the second phase of negotiation with social partners on the possible supervision of the platform’s work. Launched last week.
“The committee is very clear: We believe that we need a level playing field, a legal framework to protect platform staff, provide them with legal certainty, reduce the huge difference in the way one member country treats the platform from another member country, while also respecting , To a large extent, certain elements in the labor laws of member states,” the EU Employment Commissioner emphasized.
Nicholas Schmidt emphasized that “this is not about platform coordination or a perfectly coordinated system, but a level playing field on all platforms”, spanning 27 EU countries.
The European Commission wants to ensure that these workers enjoy guaranteed labor rights — that is, in the event of illness, accident or unemployment — and is considering new laws for these professionals.
“We have concluded the first consultation, mainly about whether we can move forward as a committee, or whether it is possible for the social partners to negotiate an agreement that will eventually become a directive. The partner’s response is that they cannot negotiate this alone. Question, now we have conducted the second consultation, in which we have conducted some analysis on the platform situation at the European level, and already have some ideas on how to deal with it. It can create this level playing field for the protection of European platform workers. “Nicholas Nicholas Schmidt told Lusa.
In Portugal, the government is considering regulating labor relations on digital platforms.
Social protection is one of the basic principles of the “Pillar of Social Rights,” a non-binding text that promotes social rights in Europe. It was approved in Sweden three years ago and is now recognized during Portugal’s EU presidency.
The document reads: “Regardless of the type and duration of the employment relationship, employees and self-employed workers under similar conditions are entitled to adequate social protection.”
The social agenda has always been one of the main priorities of Portugal, the EU presidency, which is now closed after the approval of the action plan for the implementation of the European Social Rights Pillar at the Porto Summit in May last year.