(1) In order to prevent an increase of unemployment due to changes in the work place of a digital world, we suggest a reduction of working hours down to 35-30 hours a week with a minimum of 30 vacation days. Freelancers need to get the same social protection as the regular work force. Proper regulation of temporary work and contracted services need to be introduced and implemented. Similarly, we need an abolition of exceptions from minimum wage on fixed-term contracts. This is especially important for platform economies.
(2) Clear rules and rights for unavailability and conditions for a healthy work-life balance need to be established in each company. Introducing efficiency or behavior controls, such as Amazon’s inactivity protocols, have to be prohibited. To counter cutback on labor standards, staff associations should be a requirement.
(3) Any introduction of new technologies in a company has to follow proper staff participation processes. This includes clearly stating their usage, goals, details of software etc and appropriate staff training.
(4) IT companies can offer space for social and economic activities, create a sense of belonging to a greater global community and contribute to the cultivation of an alternative public space. However, this freedom is weakened or constraint by unregulated collection, nontransparent use and dissemination as well as monetization of data. A free and fair internet needs space and competition for alternative, non-commercial, non-monopolistic products. Therefore, antitrust and competition laws have to be rigorously applied – also in the case of digital companies. The level of influence of big IT companies has to be uncovered and limited substantially.
(5) Digital companies have to pay taxes where they generate revenue. Effective measures against tax evasion and fraud have to be applied nationally and internationally, including necessary strengthening of tax bodies and international tax cooperation within the EU and in an open and democratic UN institution. Part of this is effective regulation, automatic information exchange between tax bodies of different countries and regions, and the fight against corruption, money laundering and tax evasion by implementing transparency requirements and information disclosure obligations. Transparency in the international financial system has to be strengthened, for instance through country-by-country reporting of companies. Within the EU, standard minimum rates for tax on earnings have to be introduced, making sure they are water-tight against future tax evasion attempts.