It's not illegal to protest in France.came through rouen yesterday , they blocked 2 of the three lanes on the right bank of the seine causing chaos
the police just stood there and had a laugh and a joke withe the drivers , maybe it is legal in france to cause an obstruction
We would have to examine the definition of 'thug'. To my mind, people who over-turn and set fire to cars are thugs. Uber, nor its drivers, have done that. But as a result of this violence, approximately 70 individuals have had their cars damaged or destroyed. That is out and out thuggery.Uber itself is the real thug in this situation, hellbent on undermining - on a worldwide basis - licensed, insured, trained, and (especially!) unionized drivers by soliciting workers who are often inexperienced, uninsured/underinsured, unlicensed for passenger carriage, and sometimes even undocumented in the countries where they're living.
This is common in many industries. IT, for example. It allows programmers to work best to their skills, seek out the most attractive work, and better organise their lives. Take holidays when it best suits them, work harder when they need more income.These Uber drivers are - at least in the US - offered no jobs: they are lured by promises of thousands of dollars of potential monthly income yet deemed by Uber to be "independent contractors" - which relieves Uber of all responsibility both in case of accident and for the payment of the employer's share of social charges (yeah, we have a limited number of those even here). The onus is completely shifted to the driver for liability in the event of an accident. When anything bad happens, Uber, the great friend of the "Sharing Economy", just throws its hands in the air: "Who, us? Not our problem."
And one that clearly meets the requirements of millions of people ...This is just another ploy to destroy stable employment for those who have paid their dues and learned their trade, another smokescreen purporting to be "user-friendly" that is actually thrusting us further into a dog-eat-dog environment for the benefit of the wealthy and the self-absorbed iPhone-addicted young.
Yet Manhattan is one of the biggest source of Uber income in the world. Go figure.Everyone with whom I was having cocktails tonight in Manhattan was cheering at the sight of the French taxi drivers demonstrating against the Uber cars, whose drivers are equivalent to scabs in a strike.
A dreadful experience, and I'm sorry to hear of it. But why this is Uber's fault is completely beyond me.On a personal note, albeit from this side of the Pond: trust me, Uber isn't about "sharing." I was brutally knocked off my cane and into the street on a rainy night recently as I attempted to hail a cab that a threesome of Millennials thought was their Uber car. And when it turned out not to be, they didn't make the slightest effort to pick me back up off the ground. Fortunately, the cabbie who had avoided hitting my prone body got out and helped me to my feet and into his cab. The Millennials vanished...in search of their Uber, no doubt.
So, Uber and its passengers..??? They are, to my mind, evil incarnate.
As we all do. As for Miss Love, I had no idea who she was until I read Ever's comments. I'd be quite happy not to hear of her again. She was just part of the story.But of course, I respect the differing opinions of others.
And as for Courtney Love... no, wait, never mind: anything I said would be immeasurably snarky [gnaws on fingers in mouth...].
How do you figure it doesn't pay French tax? Uber is a registered SAS company in France (539454942), with its registered address as Park West Bridge, 11 Rue de Cambrai, 75019 Paris.It's not illegal to protest in France.
Uber is illegal in France, they are still operating here and in fact are ramping up those operations. Uber pays taxes in the US, not France.
1 See Iames v. Murphy (1995), 106 Ohio App.3d 627, 666 N.E.2d 1147.In one recent case, the issue was whether a pizza delivery driver was an
employee or an independent contractor. One side argued that, because he paid for
his own gas and used his own vehicle, and could use whatever route he wished, he
was an independent contractor. The other side stated that servers in the restaurant,
admittedly employees, also were not told which way to go between tables to deliver
their orders, and used their own shoes. The driver was simply a “waiter on wheels.”
That phrase found its way into the opinion.
Or the stretching of steel cables across the entrances to French Channel Ports, thus preventing ingress and egress to shipping containing live animals/humans. Come off it people, its another case of " French Bashing". The Unions organise similar childish pedantic operations in Spain. Seen it in real life, dumping tons of tomatoes, cucumbers, offal outside the local Ayamiento ? ( is that right Balders?). I have no time for Unions in this day and age, Dinosaurs, the last remnants of Communism, haunts of the socially unacceptable, disaffected idle. Union leaders, shop stewards, all disliked by both the employers and the general public , all carving out great salaries on the backs of their misguided membership.French taxi drivers are thugs? It would seem to be that there is a vicious streak in the French make-up. Anyone recall, the episodes of lorries loaded with live sheep being waylaid and many set on fire with the sheep still in them to be burnt alive?
Linking animal violence with the taxi drivers is just nonsense. Might just as well link all Brits with fox hunting (apparently a priority for the Cameron govt) and who know what else. Suggesting that all unions are in some way communist is equally nonsensical. Suggesting that a multi-national organisation is paying its taxes in France is only true insofar as income that comes directly into France, less of course all the head office expenses over which the French company will have no control, and extremely naïve. IMHO comments based on extreme capitalism - which is, incidentally, unsustainable. That said, I have no interest whatsoever in endeavouring to reason with those who hold such deeply seated values. Uber is operating illegally in France. Unfortunately, those taking the greatest risk in that regard are the drivers. It appears Hollande has ordered the Police to impound vehicles and if they do I for one won't be losing sleep over it, especially since Uber is still recruiting massively and telling those interested not to worry about the possibility of vehicles being impounded, Uber "will look after it" - if you believe that, you'll believe anything.