Uber Taxi Service – The Giant is Moving

Workers On Wednesday 26 July
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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Over the past few years the taxi industry has been revolutionised globally. The company behind it has been American technology company, Uber. It develops markets and operates the Uber car transportation system in over 633 cities internationally, including Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Uber has been a pioneer in the “sharing economy” with drivers owning their vehicles and seen as entrepreneurs contracted into the Uber system. However, the company has been on the receiving end of often violent protests and legal actions by opposition taxi companies and even Uber drivers themselves. In today’s show we unpack the “sharing economy” and Uber’s impact on the taxi industry as well as the conditions of Uber drivers.

GUESTS

Kgomotso Mokoena – an attorney who is researching Uber and as an attorney has litigated on behalf of the Uber drivers

Teressa Munchick – a co-founder of The Movement, a formation formed by drivers and partners of Uber and Taxify to protest the exploitation by the two servicing companies

David Drummond – a representative of the meter taxi formation known as Taximan

 

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