COVID-19 AND PLATFORM COOPERATIVES

CICOPA

The COVID-19 crisis further illuminated the vulnerabilities of non-standard workers and additionally hardened their economic situation. The legislation on EU and member states level lags severly behind the social requirements of the precarious condition of so many people.

How to stabilize incomes? How to increase market power of individualized and isolated contractors in creative, intellectual or manual sectors? How to guarantee sick leave, paid holidays, 8-hour week, and other perks of the conventional employment?

In a recent policy paper, CICOPA Europe recommends the following:

(1) Ensure access to social security for non-standard workers

– Step up efforts to create reliable and comprehensive legal frameworks that protect all workers, including, platform workers, regardless of the specific work contracts.

– Review ad hoc measures for workers to ensure that non-standard workers, including those working in platforms, are covered by existing schemes or expand current scheme accordingly.

– Guarantee non-standard workers access to adequate social protection regardless of the type and duration of their employment relationship.

– Provide an adequate legal framework in favor of workers in the platform economyincluding platform workers.

(2) Recognize cooperatives as solutions to challenges arising from all forms of non-standard work, including the platform economy

– Consider the needs of cooperatives in support mechanisms for enterprises and ensure availability and adequacy of funding.
Provide an adequate legal framework for worker-owned cooperatives and worker-member status based on employment, by default.

– Recognize the economic activities of freelancers within shared enterprises, like cooperatives, as micro-enterprises as defined by the European Commission (EU recommendation 2003/361) and therefore distinguish these from the overarching cooperative when it comes to economic
support (including regarding the De Minimis Rule).

(3) Provide support for cooperatives of non-standard workers facing the COVID-19 crisis

– Consider the needs of cooperatives in support mechanisms for enterprises and ensure availability and adequacy of funding.

– Provide support for cooperative solutions and experiments for selfemployed, in particular independent workers.

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