Watching Uber

Uber is the most prominent digital platform organising transport services in cities – directly competing with traditional taxi services. Uber stands for a disruptive business model that does not respect local or national transport legislation, does not pay taxes or social security for its drivers, and does not offer decent pay or decent working conditions.

Meanwhile this business model is destroying regular jobs in the taxi industry. Uber claims to be a ride sharing company and thus pretends to contribute to sustainable and green mobility. This is not true.

ETF insists that Uber – and any similar platform – is a transport company, not a digital service provider. That means it has to apply transport legislation, including rules about drivers’ training, the respect of health and safety requirements, and decent working conditions.

ETF, together with the ITF, is watching Uber!

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Is disruption the route to better transport services?

Joining a debate at the European Liberal Forum, our Acting General Secretary argued that not all disruption in the transport sector brings a better service to users. What’s more, we cannot only think of people as consumers. If new models offload social costs of work onto the taxpayer, or force wages down to unsustainable levels, who really benefits?

26 Jun 2019
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