Ridersurvey

Researching delivery riders' working conditions and perceptions of trade unions in Austria

PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

Leonard Geyer

PROJECT TEAM AT THE EUROPEAN CENTRE

Nicolas Prinz, Anette Scoppetta, Leonard Geyer, Tamara Premrov

PROJECT PARTNERS

Austrian Trade Union Federation

Works council representatives at large delivery companies

Riderscollective

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

BACKGROUND

Trade union membership in Austria has been declining over the last decades as it has in most European countries. This is concerning because strong trade unions have been associated with well paid jobs and good working conditions. Unionisation rates in the platform and gig economy are especially low while workers' employment and working conditions in these new and growing industries have often been described as particularly concerning.

AIMS

The aim of the project is to better understand how bicycle food delivery riders in Austria work and why they decide to join trade unions or not. To this end, we will carry out an online survey asking riders about their working conditions, their knowledge and perceptions of trade unions and their expectiations regarding the work of trade unions and works councils.

METHODS

Onlinesurvey

ACTIVITIES/MILESTONES

  • Develop and launch questionnaire in four languages (German, English, Arabic, Farsi)
  • Analyse and report results in a final project report
  • Compare the study's findings with the results of similar surveys in other countries in an article to be published in a peer-reviewed journal

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research supports the Sustainable Development Goals

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PROJECT DURATION

06/2021 – 03/2022