The four platforms studied for the PLUS project encompass various types of services:
transport, including passenger and goods transport (Uber and Deliveroo), household services (Helpling and Airbnb) as well as tourism (Airbnb). The seven PLUS cities, where these platforms are operating and unfolding – Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Lisbon, London, Paris, Tallinn – have accommodated and reacted to the platforms’ presence, potentials and disruptions differently, but also share similarities regarding policy interventions. This policy brief highlights and exemplifies some of the platforms’ specific impacts, and hints towards potential regulations at municipal, sectoral or cross-sectoral level to mitigate the lean platforms’ negative impacts.

This PLUS output is based on findings from the following PLUS deliverables D 2.3 (Final Report on impact of technologies on workers and labour process in the platform economy), D 5.1 (Chart on Digital Workers Rights); and working documents related to task 3.1 (Analysing and quantifying developments and main disruptions in business and employment dynamics in relation to platform activities in selected industries and cities) and task 3.3 (Researching taxation and other redistributive mechanisms and developing alternative, innovative scenarios for business and welfare models).


Date: April 29, 2021.

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