8 June 2020

Collective agreements for platforms and workers

This chapter analyses two Nordic cases of new collective agreements in the platforme conomy: the Hilfr agreement in Denmark and the Foodora agreement in Norway.

Hilfr is a platform selling cleaning services to private households and Foodora is a food delivery platform. The two agreements differ in the involvement of the platform workers in the process of achieving a collective agreement. While the Foodora couriers in Norway were actively engaged in the process of mobilization and negotiating the collective agreement, the Hilfr agreement in Denmark was initiated and negotiated by the platform and the trade union (3F) without much involvement from the workers. Contrary to Foodora, Hilfr is now member of an employers’ organization and has pushed for the company agreement as well as future plans fora sector-level agreement. The organization of the employer therefore seems to be strongest in the Hilfr case. The Foodora agreement is well-anchored among the workers, which may have consequences for how well the agreement is implemented and renegotiated.  The case studies illustrate that some platform companies might be inclined to adopt the basic ideas of the Nordic labour market models and begin negotiating collective agreements.

Read the full analysis 'Collective agreements for platforms and workers – two cases from the Nordic countries' by Anna Ilsøe and Kristin Jesnes. Chapter in the report Platform work in the Nordic models, publiced by the Nordic Council of Ministers.