EU: platform workers directive gets green light

The Council of the EU has adopted the directive on platform workers, despite the lack of backing from France and Germany, marking the end of a long legislative soap opera. The text, which is yet to be definitively approved, could pave the way for massive wage reclassifications for millions of workers in false self-employment. It also sets the first standards for algorithmic management.

Through Antoine Piel. Published on 12 March 2024 Ă  16h58 - Update on 12 March 2024 Ă  16h58

It was close. After an initial stalemate, the second compromise reached in trilogue talks in February proved to be the right one, despite further obstruction of the vote that month. Greece and Estonia backed the text, having previously abstained, meaning it received the qualified majority needed despite France’s opposition and Germany’s abstention. “It’s a great day for platform drivers and delivery workers,” said Pierre-Yves Dermagne, deputy prime minister and economy and employment minister of Belgium,…

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