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Models of fairness in platform work will be further examined 2021-2022 in a project funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund. Read more in Finnish: Reiluuden mallit alustatyössä (REIMA) | Työsuojelurahasto (tsr.fi)

From autumn 2021 on, REITA will also participate in a project “Risk and working environment challenges in digitalized work arrangements across different forms of employment. A conceptual framework for the Nordic labour inspection authorities”, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Project objectives

Platform work creates flexibility and expands the markets of performers and buyers of work but also entails risks and weaknesses.  By looking into how fairness is built, REITA’s goal is to investigate how the negative effects of platform work can be reduced without losing the benefits of the platform economy. In this research project, fairness refers to, among other things, responsibility, transparency, learning opportunities and the fair distribution of benefits. Fairness is linked to workers’ health, well-being and working careers and is important for the development of the platform economy and the welfare society.

Project execution

  1. In the first phase of the REITA project, the operating models of platform companies operating in Finland are charted.
  2. An analysis of how fairness is built, in both these operating models and in the experiences of platform workers using qualitative interviews as a research tool.
  3. The project gathers together a network of parties interested in the fairness of platform work. The network will plan and assess practices and rules for promoting fairness.

How fair are the operating models of digital labour platforms? 

Jere Immonen’s doctoral thesis examines the operating models of platforms that mediate work and how fairness is structured within them. The thesis is a central part of the REITA project.  For more details on the doctoral thesis project, see the research plan (in English).

Schedule

2020–2023

Funded by

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health