The world we live in is changing faster and faster. The fourth industrial revolution and digital transformation are here.

The platform economy, as a new business model, enables extremely efficient accumulation and concentration of capital due to lower labor costs and lean production, which leads to its rapid growth at the global level. If within the EU today, according to the data of the European Commission, 28 million people work on one or more platforms, it is expected that their number will exceed 43 million in 2025.

As part of the May 1st Podcast – Podcast on the challenges of the future, this time the director of the expert council of the May 1st Institute, dr. Anja Kopač, spoke with full professor of economic sociology and sociology of work, dr. Aleksandra Kanjuo-Mrčela on the platform economy and its consequences on the labor market, the nature of work and especially on the position of male and female workers.

In the podcast, the interlocutors addressed questions such as:

🔹 What is the platform economy anyway? Is it a departure from the capitalist system or merely its developmental form?

🔹 What does the platform economy mean for relations between labor and capital?

🔹 What are the characteristics of platform work? Does it really bring more independence and greater autonomy for male and female workers?

🔹 Platform as an employer? What is the legal position of platform workers? What does platform work mean in terms of decent work? What for our social security systems?

🔹 Do we need a new social agreement on the regulation of platform work? Which level is suitable? Algorithmic management?

🔹 Is the proposal for the EU Directive on platform work an appropriate response?

🔹 Examples of good platform work practices? Do we have possible alternatives? On the importance of uniting women and men workers to reduce the inequality of power between labor and capital.

You are welcome to listen!

The episode is available at the links below: 👇