BUENOS AIRES – The leading taxi-driver associations of Argentina presented a plea before the Justice system asking for a ruling on whether the Uber company in this country is engaged in illegal activities, a legal procedure that was accompanied by a demonstration in front of the Palace of Tribunals in Buenos Aires.
Some 50 taxi drivers gathered outside the National Court of Appeals to accompany the union representatives who were filing the plea inside the courtroom, while shouting the slogan heard at dozens of their protests in recent months: “Uber is illegal!”
For the nation’s taxi drivers, the company that provides rides in private vehicles through a mobile app practices unfair competition, since, they say, it does not pay the taxes it owes, nor does it guarantee a minimum of safety.
EFE was told that by the president of the Capital Taxi-Drivers Association, or ATC, Luis Fernandez, who said the arrival of Uber in Buenos Aires has been like a kind of “malaria,” which, together with the country’s economic situation, has caused a 40% drop in drivers’ incomes.
This latest protest arises from Buenos Aires Judge Luis Alberto Zelaya’s decision on Oct. 24 to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the taxi-drivers’ unions demanding that the app be declared illegal in the Argentine capital.
Standing a few meters (yards) from the Palace of Tribunals, Fernandez said Judge Zelaya “won Uber’s employee of the month prize,” adding that his ruling in favor of a multinational “goes against the interests of the workers” of this country and that Uber “doesn’t consider investing a cent in Argentina.”
“We’ll keep up the struggle until Uber leaves the city,” the union leader warned, then slammed the “strategy of tax-avoidance and breaking labor regulations” that is practiced, in his opinion, by the U.S. company in this South American country.
“We won’t let them make us give in,” he said.