CECOP publish paper on Non Standard Work

Based on CECOP’s Working Group on Platforms and Non-Standard Work, and coordinated by Smart (Belgium), this policy paper addresses the situation of non-standard workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including platform workers. The paper stems from a summary of members’ testimony of their experiences during the time of lockdown. The COVID-19 pandemic that unravelled over the world led to tremendous losses of lives across the world. With huge efforts and strict measures taken, it was possible to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Europe, but the constant threat of a new outbreak, as well as the economic implications of the fight against COVID-19, remain challenges for European societies and economies. As for many aspects, the confinement measures and their impact exacerbated underlying challenges societies were already facing before COVID-19 spread. This is particularly the case of non-standard and platform workers who struggled during this crisis, as many national rescue packages failed to address their needs. Whereas cooperatives showed their resilience in times of turmoil in the past, this crisis is new and the uncertainties for the future are high.The COVID-19 crisis showed that the recognition of non-standard workers, including platform workers, remains a challenge in national and European labour regulations, leaving workers vulnerable and making fitting policies complicated to obtain. The failure to adapt national and European labour legislation to cover non-standard workers worsened the impact of the current crisis, putting workers incomes and livelihoods at risk.
Read the paper here

Resources online

We’re delighted to say that a resource pack is now available and can be accessed via the link below:


The pack provides a space for everyone to continue to share ideas now that the webinar has finished and also contains a recording of the session. The recording can also be viewed over on our YouTube channel.

When browsing through the resource pack, please pay particular attention to the “Contribute your ideas” tab, as this is a dedicated space for you to share your feedback on next steps. 

Your comments will help shape what action we take over the coming weeks and months, so please do take some time to add your thoughts. 

Manifesto launch

Join us on Thursday July 2nd at 4.00pm, where union-coops:uk will be hosting the launch of our Manifesto for Union Co-ops. 

As the world of work looks set to change beyond all recognition as a result of automation and covid-19, we believe the union co-op model offers one way to secure decent work and fight precarity across the globe. Fundamentally union coops are a fantastic way for co-operatives and trade unions to revisit their historical routes and work together in solidarity.  

The free webinar will see a number of speakers share their thoughts and insight on the model and discuss some of the challenges that they’ve seen it successfully address. Speakers include:

Cilla Ross – Co-operative College 
Sarah Wooley – Gen Secretary BFAWU 
Ian Manborde – Equity 
Michael Peck – 1 worker 1 vote USA 
Anne-Laure Desgris – Smart Belgium 
Alex Bird – Union Co-op Manifesto 
Tracy Walsh – Facilitator (Red Learning Co-op) 

More information about the webinar, including details of speakers and how you can book your free place, is available over on the Co-operative College website.

Spaces are limited, so book early to secure your space