Monday 21 June 2021

Yes, Uber Is Illegal, But It Provides Jobs!

While the government of Costa Rica considers Uber illegal, the company is providing jobs in the country
While the government of Costa Rica considers Uber illegal, the company is providing hundreds of jobs in the country.

QCOSTARICA | Officials of the Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo) have always said that the issue of unemployment is the “national drama”.

So, what about the jobs being generated by Uber in Costa Rica?

According to Deputy Minister of Labour, Harold Villegas, they  (the government) would agree with the operation of the company when they do so “legally”.

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“Any activity that is illegal should not be done. Regardless if it generates work. Any act that is illegal, is in violation of our existing laws, we should not accept,” Villegas said.

“In addition, there are violations such as failure to pay social security (the Caja). If in the future there is a new law or a change to our regulations and Uber is allowed, we accept it, but right now it is acting illegally,” said the Deputy Minister.

There is no precise figure on how many drivers Uber has recruited, but the company has begun recruiting the first 25 people for the creation of 300 jobs by the end of the year, in its Centro de Excellencia (Center of Excellence). The company says it is investing US$3.5 million dollars in the call centre for customer support in Latin America.

Last week, the government responded that it will keep a close eye on the Uber call centre, to ensure that it does not take call from Costa Rica customers.

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