Uber wants to create 50,000 new jobs in Europe in 2015

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Uber has moved to try and ease relations across Europe with the announcement of plans that will see the the firm create 50,000 new jobs, according to the company’s chief executive.

Speaking at the DLD event in Munich, Travis Kalanick said the online taxi business could work in partnership with cities across Europe, the results of which could see the creation of 50,000 new jobs.

Uber, which helps users connect with taxi drivers via its mobile app and website operates in more than 200 cities around the world and was recently valued at $40 billion.

However, Uber’s rapid expansion over the the past year has seen the company encounter numerous problems with regulators all over the world.

As a result, the company has seen itself on the receiving end of court injunctions in France, Germany and Italy. One of Uber’s services was recently declared illegal in Thailand and was banned outright by officials in China. The service has also sparked protests from taxi drivers in London.

Critics of Uber have also questioned the quality of checks for its drivers after a woman in India was allegedly raped by a taxi driver from Uber. The company has also faced accusations of flouting the rules with regards to competition.

Regarding its plans to create 50,000 new jobs, Mr Kalanick said: “Uber is committed to establishing new partnerships with Europe’s cities to ensure innovation, harness powerful economic benefits and promote core city functions.”

“At the end of 2015, if we can make these partnerships happen, we create 50,000 new EU jobs,” he continued.

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  2. The only people I have ever seen become rich from a taxi service are the people behind Uber. They may want to have 50,000 gypsy cab drivers paying them commission for working 70-80 hour weeks hustling fares, but I fail to see the up side for the EU. Uber is a joke that only hurts people who have made a career for themselves by driving a taxi, and none of those people are rich. I think is funny how becoming a gypsy cab driver has now become a trendy occupation, unlike in the past, where it was an undesirable last resort for immigrants and people with low skill sets that have few other opportunities in life to earn a living. They may offer too good to be true rates at the beginning, but the long-term costs of operating a taxi cannot be adequately covered with rock-bottom rates. They will continue to raise rates and cut driver pay and create a monopoly or possible duopoly with Lyft, where the consumer and the driver will both lose out over time. They are the Wal-Mart of taxis.

  3. Maxi is absolutely right. Uber’s ridiculously high cut only lowers
    already low income job salaries.Also many countries have different insurances for commerce. Interesting to see what happens when first UBER customer gets severely injured in the accident. Driver spends rest of their lives paying insurance companies for the damages.