Looking back, “there is no reason to be proud” of allowing Uber to grow. C’est ce qu’estime le « lanceur d’alerte » et ex-lobbyiste de l’entreprise Mark MacGann, interrogé ce mercredi lors du Web Summit à Lisbonne sur les propos d’Emmanuel Macron qui s’était félicité des emplois a in the country.
“If you look at the facts on the streets of Paris and other cities, competition is fierce between taxis and other modes of transportation like Uber. This summer in France by Le Monde newspaper, the former lobbyist for Uber Europe, who is behind the Uber profiles, said.
As part of this investigation of about forty international newspapers and based on thousands of internal documents from the American company of private drivers Uber, the evening daily newspaper concluded that there was a “secret deal” between the company and Emmanuel Macron when he was Francois Hollande. Minister of Economy (2014-2016).
Two days after disclosing the information, the head of state assumed he had met with company leaders and said he was “very proud” of his insistence on “creating thousands of jobs”. “I especially helped young people, who were not offered jobs, who came from difficult neighborhoods, who did not have job opportunities to find jobs for the first time in their lives and for thousands of them,” President Macron pleaded.
“There is a huge misunderstanding,” Mark McGahn replied, this Wednesday. “We have always been careful to say we are not going to create jobs, we don’t want to pay social guarantees” to drivers, he said. However, he said: “I told Emmanuel Macron directly that we would create 70,000 entrepreneurs in Paris if he reduced regulations completely to become a private driver.”
“I think we should always be humble and take advantage of hindsight,” he added, also regretting that France is now trying to “weak”, according to him, the European directive on the work of the platform, under negotiation in Brussels. “Uber and other platforms spend a lot of money to weaken” this regulation, and make it more difficult for entrepreneurs who want to reclassify their contract as a business contract.
“It is very disappointing that a company that claims to have changed radically continues to spend tens of millions of dollars to lobby against the most basic human rights,” he said.