For years, precarious work has been on the increase in Europe. However, with its proposal for a Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions, the EU Commission too is pursuing the target to combat the phenomenon of precarious work. However, this would have to be accompanied by redefining the concept of ‘worker’ in EU law in order to be able to cover all working models.
There is no doubt that the digital transformation means change for workers, employers, consumers, in short: for the whole of society in Europe. Therefore it is necessary to act on a European level and to use suitable means to ensure that the digital trans
In a hearing this week (14th May 2018), the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs dealt with the subject of digitalisation and the consequences for labour markets and social security systems. The presentation included several current studies and thematically relevant works.
On 21.3.2018, the Commission presented a European model on the “Fair taxation of the EU’s digital economy”. Intended is a digital corporation tax for transnationally acting corporations, whose number has immensely grown in the past years. Currently, they are bearing less than half of the tax burden of “classic” companies. Hence, the digital tax shall be bound to the place of value-added and no longer to a company’s headquarters.
On Thursday 26th October, against the resistance of lobbies and major corporations, the European Parliament voted by majority to adopt a negotiating mandate, which, from the consumer’s point of view, shall significantly improve data protection.
On May 18th the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy as well as the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection – as the last ones of several committees of the European Parliament – delivered their opinion on the communication of the Commission on online-platforms. The final debate and vote on the proposal concerned and on one on the “collaborative economy” is planned in June 2017.
Two years ago, the European Commission presented 16 initiatives within the strategy for the Digital Single Market. On Wednesday, the responsible Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip presented the mid-term review of this strategy.
“Digital Market or Digital Slavery” was the topic of a high-level panel debate organised by the Brussels Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB Europabüro), the Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (AK Europa) and IG Metall. The tenor of the evening headed in a clear direction: admittedly, digitization and spread of online-platforms brought with them a multitude of opportunities and potentials.
The European Commission is pursuing its "Digital Single Market Strategy" as one of its priorities. Its accomplishment is supposed to add billions of euros to the European economy and to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for younger job seekers.
Oliver Roepke, Austrian Trade Union Federation ÖGB
On the panel:
Muna Duzdar, Austrian Secretary of State for Diversity, Public Service and Digitization
Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation
Vanessa Barth, IG Metall
Michael Heiling, Chamber of Labour Vienna
N.N., European Commission
Ingrid Steiner-Gashi, Kurier
Binding rules for online platforms with regard to labour and social standards as well as consumer protection continue to be an issue of dispute among MEPs, as shown this week by the debate on the draft report on online platforms in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and in the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection.