Amela Kurta, a member of the CREDI Fairwork team for Bosnia and Herzegovina, participated on 09/22/2023 in the panel discussion “Platform workers and the union: where are we today and how to move forward?”, which was held in Sarajevo. The event was jointly organised by the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Solidarity Centre AFL-CIO Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia.
As part of the panel discussion, Amela presented the first Fairwork report for Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a special focus on the rights to fair representation of platform workers. This report is the result of the first Fairwork research in the country and represents a set of ratings according to the five Fairwork principles of the following digital platforms in BiH: Fix.ba, Glovo, Korpa, mojTaxi, Šetnja.ba, StudenTime, Žuti Taxi, and Daubau.ba. The results of the research show that for most of the analysed platforms, there is significant room for improvement in achieving fair working conditions according to the Fairwork principles. Not a single platform within the scope of the research proved that it ensures the formal association of workers. In addition, workers were often not aware of their employment rights.
The results of the research conducted by the Solidarity Center in Serbia were also presented at the event. It showed that the situation with platform workers in Serbia is also unfavourable and that we share similar characteristics of the market in terms of obstacles to fairer working conditions.
We would like to thank the organisers of the event for the opportunity to present the results of the first Fairwork study and discuss the important topic of unionisation of platform workers and future directions in the fight to improve their status.
Galery from the event: