Self-Employment and Atypical working – UNI Europa position and next steps

Wednesday 20 December 2017

The world of work in the services sector is undergoing massive changes. Digitalisation and new emerging business models profoundly modify the workplace and impact deeply on traditional employment and work relationships. As a result, new forms of employment and working arrangements have spread rapidly. These differ from ‘traditional’ and regular employment and can take different forms: atypical working time arrangements, short-term/fixed-term contracts, atypical work relationships and self-employment (dependent, bogus and genuine).

UNI Europa is committed to supporting workers who are self-employed or in atypical work relationships and to finding concrete and long-lasting solutions to address the challenges of the future world of work and non-standard forms of work in the services sector.

UNI Europa will continue to advocate for the social and employment rights of these workers at the EU level, including via the following actions, as endorsed by our Executive Committee:

  • opposing the EU services e-card,
  • responding to relevant EU consultations,
  • fighting undeclared work,
  • influencing the new European Labour Authority,
  • and calling for proper implementation and enforcement of EU labour law.

We hope that by these efforts we will not only be able to achieve better rights and protections for workers who are self-employed and/or in an atypical work relationship but also through this, help to put an end to social dumping and the undermining of workers’ rights and conditions more generally across Europe.

For more information, see the UNI Europa position paper, available in English, French and German.