Providing adequate and sustainable social protection for workers in the gig and platform economy

The vulnerability of platform workers during the COVID-19 crisis highlighted the need to address the significant social protection gaps, including their lack of access to unemployment insurance and job retention schemes, sickness benefits and health protection.1 Providing adequate and sustainable social protection to this growing group of workers is essential not only for the workers themselves, but also to safeguard and promote the efficiency of the labour market and fair competition. It is therefore timely that the Issue Note2 prepared by the Presidency calls upon the EWG to provide “recommendations on ways to extend social protection to workers in the gig and platform economy”.