EU Citizens Push for Better Wages for Gig Economy Workers

An Uber App is displayed on a phone in London on Sept. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

(CN) – The European Commission gave the green light Tuesday to a citizen’s petition seeking a minimum wage for gig economy workers, allowing petition organizers to begin collecting signatures of support.

If passed, the #NewRightsNow initiative would ask the commission to “establish an obligation for digital platforms to pay a guaranteed minimum income to self-employed people who work regularly for them.” Initiative organizers say the measure will safeguard and stabilize the incomes and job security of “uberized” workers across Europe.

Initiative organizers have a year to collect at least 1 million signatures from no fewer than seven EU states to move their petition to the next step: commission action. The commission will have three months to decide whether or not to implement the actions sought by the initiative, and must explain its decision either way in writing.

The European Citizens Initiative process gives EU residents more of a voice in government. Other open petitions include a call for mandatory food labeling of vegetarian and vegan foods, a bid to “End the Cage Age” for farm animals, and a push to help the estimated 8 percent of EU residents who are starving.

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