The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the spotlight on the social significance and economic potential of the platform economy, but it has also highlighted the disadvantages of this hyper-flexible form of intermediation and employment. Despite their promises of autonomy, platform-based modes of organising labour reinforce social inequalities, gender segregation and economic dependencies. They may also lead to precarious working conditions where it is difficult to enforce existing protections under employment and social law. This new policy brief summarizes the current state of debate and highlights Austrian Chamber of Labour’s key demands for needed new legislation.

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