Platforms, digitalisation and the future of work - buzzwords and at the same time tangible realities for a steadily growing number of workers. Trade unions as interest groups are thus faced with new challenges due to the difficult accessibility of workers; but, even more so due to the legal grey area in which many platforms operate.This complex of topics will be discussed on 29.9. and 30.9.2022 in Vienna at the conference "Fair Work, Fair Future - Rethinking Platforms, Unions & Workplace" with international guests and experts from politics, platform economy, trade unions and self-organised initiatives.

The focus on the first day of the conference is on the classification and scope of current developments from an Austrian and European perspective as well as discussions from the world of work. The second day is planned for practical exchange and networking between the trade unions and "best practice" examples from all over Europe in order to learn from each other and help shape a fair future.

We are looking forward to your participation!


</ 29.09.2022 > Vienna, Johann-Boehm-Platz 1.

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch / Registration

13:30 - 13:45

Welcome, Willi Mernyi, General Secretary OEGB

13:45 - 14:00

Keynote speech by Martin Kocher, Federal Minister of Labor and Economic Affairs (video)

14:00 - 14:30

Employee representation in the gig economy - why do food delivery riders join trade unions? Leonard Geyer, Researcher, European Center for Social Welfare Policy and Research

14:30 - 15:45

Panel Enough Theory! How does this work in practice? Platform workers report from the field and discuss with workplace representatives and trade unionists

15:45 - 16:15

coffee break

16:15 - 17:30

Expert panel with Fridolin Herkommer (Head of Digital Affairs at the Federal Chamber of Labour, Vienna, Austria), Oliver Philipp (FES Competence Centre), Laura Vogel (Fair Work Austria), Michael Gogola (Union GPA), Oliver Klug (Corporate Communications Lead Lieferando).

17:30 - 17:45

How to gain algorithmic transparency? Recover your data power! By Jessica Pidoux.

17:45 - 18:15

State of play of the EU Directive

18:15 -


</ 30.09.2022 > Vienna, Johann-Boehm-Platz 1.

10:00 - 11:00

Opening Panel: Evelyn Regner MEP (Vice-President of the European Parliament), Leila Chaibi MEP (president of La France Insoumise delegation) & Ludovic Voet (ETUC Confederal Secretary)

11:00 - 17:30

Workshops led by Trade Unions & Practitioners:
- Company Elections in Platforms
- Organising Transport Workers
- Dark Stores
- New tools for platform workers
- Platforms & gender stereotypes
- Legislative overview across Europe

17:30 - 18:00

Wrap-up by ETUC & OEGB


Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, Spanish, Italian, France and German language.

Places are limited. Be quick with the registration!


Leila Chaibi MEP

Leila Chaibi is a French Member of The European Parliament. During her work, she proved over and over her commitment to social justice and the rights of workers and marginalised groups in particular.

Evelyn Regner MEP

Evelyn Regner is the Vice President of the European Parliament, trade unionist and passionate fighter for gender equality and human rights.

Bundesministerium für Finanzen, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Martin Kocher

Federal Minister for Labor and minister of digital and economic affairs of Austria. He was a Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, and Full Professor in Economics at University of Vienna.

Ludovic Voet

Is the Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation where he works on the topic of climate, just transition and workers' rights in the platform economy.

Fridolin Herkommer

Is head of the Digital Affairs Office of the Federal Chamber of Labour Austria and works on shaping future technology and it´s regulation through participative formats.

Oliver Klug

Corporate Communications Lead at Lieferando.

Laura Vogel

Laura Vogel is a doctoral researcher for Fairwork Austria and a PhD candidate at the Technical University of Vienna. With a background in social science her research focuses on the impact of new technology on the working conditions in a care work context.

Leonard Geyer

Leonard Geyer is a researcher at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna were he analyses platform workers' working conditions and attitudes towards trade unions.

Michael Gogola

Michael Gogola is a lawyer in the Policy Department and the Department for Work and Technology of the GPA trade union. He works in the fields of labour law, digitalisation and data protection and deals with legal issues in the modern world of work.

Jessica Pidoux

Is a sociologist and holds a PhD in Digital Humanities. Her research focuses on the design and usage of matching algorithmic systems. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher and director of the non-profit PersonalData.IO where she builds with civil society participative methods for data governance.

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