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EU Commission wants to better secure crowd and clickworker

Friday, December 22nd, 2017 | bitcoin updates

          
    
    
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             Brussels is challenging the digital proletariat: workers working on online platforms such as Uber, "Mechanical Turk" or Deliveroo "on call" should be given more rights.
            

        

        Trade unions have warned about the trend towards crowd and clickworking in the so-called gig economy for years before digital low-paid jobs with precarious jobs that could lead to a kind of "modern slavery". The EU Commission has now responded and intends to make it easier for workers with "atypical" or no contracts to exercise their rights with a bill launched on Thursday. They are to be covered by a new directive on transparent and reliable working conditions, designed to replace existing requirements for employers.
"Right to plan" Full-time permanent workers already have the right to be informed in writing in the EU about their rights and obligations arising from their employment at the beginning of their employment. In addition, the Commission now wants to introduce, for example, a "right to better plan work" for people who usually work on a variable schedule, or to ask employers to transfer to a more stable form of employment and to have a written answer , The draft also provides for a right to compulsory further education without deduction of wages. As a rule, probationary periods should be limited to six months.
The Commission intends to include in the scope of the Directive many new types of activity that are not covered by existing rules. This applies, for example, to slightly employed persons or those with very short employment contracts. Expressly included are activities that are communicated via online platforms such as Amazon's Mechanical Turk, Deliveroo, InnoCentive, Lieferando, LiveOps, Lyft or Uber.
To regulate the sharing economy The "sharing economy" should thus be regulated more sharply. While many of the new forms of work, such as job-sharing or "mobile work" based on information and communications technology, have contributed to the modernization of the employment market, the Commission said. Above all, casual work is questionable in terms of conditions and competition.
Four million to six million people in the EU could qualify as workers "in precarious conditions" with low job and income security, inadequate social protection, poor access to training and sometimes monotonous, repetitive activities, the Commission estimates. In addition to crowdworkers, domestic workers such as cleaning aids, which are also increasingly being brokered via online platforms, were among the most vulnerable groups. The aim is to improve basic working conditions for around two million to three million people.
Exceptions possible However, according to the proposal, Member States themselves could decide to exclude "very short work assignments" of less than eight hours per month from the scope of the Directive. An employee shall, in accordance with the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice, be those who "provide benefits for another person for a certain period of time" for which he receives remuneration.
The Commission expects that with the outlined approach in the EU as a whole, up to 31 million employees will be entitled to more information at the start of work than before. Between four million and seven million should be able to work on additional work thanks to better planning, or to reconcile work and private life. By eliminating exclusivity clauses, as many as 364,000 workers are able to seek additional paid ancillary jobs. Fictitious self-employment will be easier to recognize by the higher transparency in employment relationships.
Businesses in turn benefit from a level playing field and greater legal certainty, according to Brussels. In addition, employers would be saved a lot of administrative burden and bureaucracy, for example, they could provide the required information electronically. Since the Member States should provide templates and samples, the drafting of employment contracts will be facilitated. Other benefits included increased employee retention and loyalty, better work relationships, fewer complaints and litigation, and more favorable resource planning and work distribution. Overall, the measures would "have a positive impact on productivity". The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, which still have to agree.
For jobs and job vacancies in the IT industry, see also the job market at heise online:

 (Stefan Krempl) /

(Vbr)

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