July 17, 2020
The European Commission has launched a consultation process on how to permit collective bargaining rights for self-employed workers, noting: “in today’s labour market the concepts of ‘worker’ and ‘self-employed’ have become blurred [and thus] many individuals have no other choice than to accept a contract as self-employed.”
The European Commission made clear they want to ensure that rules “do not stand in the way of collective bargaining for those who need it” and “seeks to ensure that working conditions can be improved through collective agreements not only for employees, but also for those self-employed who need protection.”
Stakeholders from the public and private sector are invited to participate in the ongoing public consultation. In parallel, the Commission is also engaging closely with social partners—trade unions and employers’ organizations.