23 March 2020

The Hilfr agreement - negotiating the platform economy in Denmark

The emergence of labour platforms have sparked debates on the level of wage and working conditions on the platforms and the lack of employer status. However, we also find recent examples of collective bargaining in the platform economy. In 2018, the cleaning platform Hilfr and the union The United Federation of Danish Workers (3F) negotiated the first platform agreement in Denmark. In this report, we examine the Hilfr-agreement and ask the questions how and with what results negotiations took place. Our analysis is based on nine qualitative interviews with the negotiating parties (platform owners and union representatives), platform workers, employers ́ associations and government officials. Our analysis demonstrates that collective agreements can lift wages and working conditions in the platform economy – but not without challenges.

Read the report 'The Hilfr agreement - negotiating the platform economy in Denmark' by Anna Ilsøe.