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Uber’s plan to destroy this industry has failed!

Nov 22, 2023 | News

After 10 years of facing a foreign taxi company that entered and operated in this country illegally, allowing them to gain a commercial advantage by underwriting the cost of delivering their service to effectively buy market share, government regulators turned a blind eye to their illegal behaviors. They were so enamored with these foreign invaders, who are now the subject of a class action being brought against them for their illegal actions. Ubers Illegal actions has resulted in massive financial hardship for thousands of migrant workers when their taxi licenses collapsed, businesses crumbled, people lost their homes, livelihoods, and their superannuation.
The class action has over 8000 registrants and funding in excess of 20 million dollars. There is suspicion that governments may be embarrassed by what might come out about the actions of their regulators. All the while, Uber profits by exploiting their employees, denying their responsibilities to workers’ rights and benefits.
However, the wheels are turning, and federal and state governments are now “closing the loophole.” This is a bill before the federal parliament that aims to protect employees in the gig economy, such as drivers and riders for Uber. Uber’s response to this bill? They have opposed these protections for their employees at every given opportunity.
The taxi industry has had to endure a devastating blow from governments failing to protect those obeying the law from those who broke it. In 2017, they had to cope with a poorly thought out and implemented deregulation of an industry and then had to face the effects and impact of COVID, which nearly shut down the entire industry. Nevertheless, they continued at great risk to ensure that emergency workers could still get to work, community members could access medical treatment, and those with physical disabilities could still get a wheelchair vehicle. The government may not express gratitude, but those who needed these services certainly do.
We observe that Melbourne International Airport entered into a morally questionable commercial arrangement with Uber, prioritizing and promoting Uber at the expense of the taxi industry and the public who choose to use these services, particularly those in need of wheelchair services.
There are many challenges ahead for those in the taxi, hire car, and ride-share space concerning commercial viability, living wage, and superannuation. The government, for the past decade and longer, has shown indifference to those who work in this industry.
However, I am proud to say that despite nearly a decade of unfair and at times illegal competition, the taxi industry now is achieving over 90% of trips pre-COVID. The Victorian fleet has doubled, this has not been achieved because of government, but instead in spite of them.
Uber’s plan to destroy this industry has failed!

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