Trade union challenges to the changing profile of work in Europe

02 Jun 2021

The annual conference of the Left group in the European Parliament, organised in cooperation with the Trade Unionist Network Europe (TUNE), will focus on the consequences of atypical or non-standard work in employment relationships and their impact in displacing the full-time, regular, open-ended employment model in some economic activities.

Despite the European Pillar of Social Rights stating that “Employment relationships that lead to precarious working conditions shall be prevented, including by prohibiting abuse of atypical contracts”, reality has been different. This online conference aims to exchange experiences and development ideas to tackle this major challenge for workers in Europe.

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14.30 – 14.40 Welcome by the Co-president of The Left group and Heinz Bierbaum (TUNE)

14.40 – 16.00 Trade unions and the Gig economy – platform work in a changing Europe
Introduction (Heinz Bierbaum, TUNE, moderator)
Belgium: Attitudes to trade unions among riders – the Deliveroo Case. By Kurt Vandaele, (researcher, European Trade Union Institute)
Spain: Supreme Court rules that delivery riders are not self-employed. What now? By Carlos Gutierrez (CCOO, Spain)

15.30 – 16.20 Organizing among riders and other platform workers
Introduction (Nikolaj Villumsen, MEP, moderator)
Great Britain: Uber and the Court decision (Elena Crasta, Trade Union Congress)
Denmark: Organizing Wolt food riders – a view from the street (Jack Campbell, organizer, 3F Copenhagen)
France: Private Drivers Union INV (Brahim Ben Ali)

16.30 – 17.25 Organizing from below – the Amazon Europe cases
Introduction (
Özlem Demirel, MEP, moderator)
Italy (Donato Pignatiello, CGIL, Italy)
Czech Republic (Ivo Mayer, chairman of  ZO OSPO Amazon)
Germany: Roberto Garau, Trade Union representation at Amazon Rheinberg