Thursday, February 02, 2017

Breaking News : Uber Boss Quits Trump Advisory Group After People #DeleteUber En Masse.

Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of ride-sharing service Uber, has stepped down from President Donald Trump's economic advisory group after strong criticism from staff and the public.

The board, which also counts Tesla chief executive Elon Musk as a member, is due to meet the president on Friday.

Uber is one of several technology firms concerned over the impact of the immigration ban on its workforce.

The company said it had set up a $3m legal fund to help those affected.

These may include Uber's own drivers. 

Mr Kalanick informed his employees on Thursday about his decision.

In a memo to staff seen by the BBC he said: "Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.

"Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community," he wrote. 

Appearing frustrated with how his involvement was being interpreted in the press, Mr Kalanick added: "The implicit assumption that Uber (or I) was somehow endorsing the Administration's agenda has created a perception-reality gap between who people think we are, and who we actually are."

The move was backed by the Independent Drivers Guild which represents Uber drivers in New York.

"This is an important show of solidarity with the immigrant drivers who helped build Uber and number over 40,000 in New York City alone," said the group's founder, Jim Conigliaro.

"We are heartened that Uber has listened to the drivers and the community on this important issue that is so integral to the promise of the American dream."

Uber has come in for some heavy criticism since President Trump's election. 

Over last weekend, as protesters gathered at several US airports, Uber appeared to defy a recent NYC taxi strike by removing surge pricing - the mechanism by which prices go up on the service when demand is high. 

A social media campaign to "#DeleteUber" quickly went viral.

However, Uber said it had not been its intention to break the strike, and was looking to help people reach the airport without paying higher fares.

Source : Rueters 


Lenny said...

Will the sheep forgive him now?

Anonymous said...

Many things trumps doings not right boy do we need a trump here to sort out this corrupt government no wonder uber boss quit nothing but a slave master

Anonymous said...

It's the first time a businessman has ever got into office in the States. Businessmen need their model to work, that's how they succeed and are successful. Politicians just keep lying and talking bollox, that's why they're not. Now somebody is at last doing what he said he'd do, they don't know what's fu@@ing hit them ! They're not used to businessmen running the show, only liars and ponces. Carry on waving your banners and hanging from lampposts. He said he would change things and that's exactly what he's doing. Good luck to the man. We could do with a few more like him over here.

TAXIVET said...

Ironic really is it not....

Bob123 said...

Trump says on Twitter that he sacked him

Bob123 said...

Trump says on Twitter that he sacked him

Rob said...

Sir ,it's a lovely gesture and thought, delete the uber app. We have a stellar service to offer the taxi rider that is impeded by TfL lunacy regarding CSH/road junction closures and the like . I fear customers returning to us may be short lived if we are prevented from negotiating routes. It's an uphill battle. People want to use us I'm sure but the economics of the situation forces them otherwise. Lovely to see Trump put the 'arsehole' in his place though. Katie Hopkins delivers the cue de gra as only she can.