UN Women cancelled a supposed partnership with Uber wherein the company stated it would create one million jobs for women.
Unions and NGOs rejected Uber’s “idea of a million jobs that we knew were likely to be insecure, ill paid and potentially unsafe,” stated Brigitta Paas, vice president of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, according to an Associated Press article.
Even governments protested UN Women collaborating with Uber, according to the AP piece.
So, instead of PR misdirection designed to downplay women being sexually assaulted in Uber vehicles with terrifying frequency, the cancelled partnership sent a wholly different message: Uber treats women terribly and its jobs are low-paying and unstable.
“Uber is all about cutting standards and reducing income for women and men who drive proper taxis and who have enough difficulty making ends meet as it is. It is hard to believe that a UN body could even contemplate cutting a deal with such a corporation, which lines its pockets by making formal jobs informal, replacing existing workers with people on even lower pay, said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
Or, stated more directly by the ITUC: “Uber is not creating jobs. It is replacing existing jobs with lower paid, informal work.”