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Denmark: Union & online platform for cleaning services sign collective agreement giving self-employed freelancers worker status & rights

Author: Julian Hale, Equal Times, Published on: 4 July 2018

In a world first, as of this August, hundreds of workers for a Danish online platform for cleaning in private homes will benefit from significant guarantees under a new collective agreement..

Hilfr co-founder [...] is quoted as saying that the agreement is “raising the bar for the gig economy and showing how we can all benefit from new technology without undermining labour rights and working conditions”...

[T]he author of the agreement, tells Equal Times: “With this agreement Hilfr domestic cleaners, who were formerly self-employed, become workers and are thereby protected by EU and national labour law.” ...

Employees, known as ‘Super Hilfrs’, will immediately be covered by the new union agreement and will automatically receive Hilfr pension contributions, holiday pay and sickness benefits...

"[The agreement] covers just one company and their potential employees. We hope that it leads to a collective agreement covering other existing digital companies in this specific sector,” says [the] director of collective bargaining at DI [the Confederation of Danish Industry]. “It could also be a model for other sectors.” 

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Related companies: Hilfr