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EU Heads of State and Members of the European Parliament

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Please stop listening to Uber and other platform lobbyists. It’s time to create a new EU law to ensure that platform workers are workers with full employment’ rights.

The proposed Directive on improving working conditions in platform work is a good start but it’s not enough. It needs a strong presumption of an employment relationship for people performing platform work. This will allow workers to rely on an employment contract and protect the self-employed from subordination by platforms.

Why is this important?

In a few years Uber completely changed labour laws in many countries around the world. How? Recent leaks known as the Uber files show they broke rules, duped the police and secretly lobbied high level politicians to help them. [1]

This helped Uber achieve a massive and rapid expansion making the company a fortune while exploiting their workers. Their employees have low pay, no basic employee rights like sick or holiday pay, a pension or parental leave.

Last year the EU tried to remedy this with a new law to give Uber and other platform workers the same rights as other employees. But Uber did everything it could to stop the law, even getting the help of one of their biggest supporters, French President Emmanuel Macron. [2]

But these leaks are so damaging that EU lawmakers are taking notice. Now we have a chance to move this law forward and get real rights for Uber and other platform workers in Europe. This could be a game changer but it won’t happen without public pressure.


References:

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/jul/10/uber-files-leak-reveals-global-lobbying-campaign
  2. https://www.etuc.org/en/pressrelease/uber-files-meps-must-investigate-anti-worker-eu-lobbying
  3. A whistleblower exposed the inner workings of Uber and their aggressive playbook.
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/jul/11/uber-files-whistleblower-lobbyist-mark-macgann
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/jul/10/violence-guarantees-success-how-uber-exploited-taxi-protests

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