About 300-400 of Uber’s contract workers were also affected by its exit.
After Grab acquired Uber’s Southeast Asian operations, over 9,000 in 10,000 Uber drivers had to join Grab, transport minister Khaw Boon Wan said. Those that did not join Grab are being assisted by Workforce Singapore and the NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) are also working with the National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NHPVA) and National Taxi Association (NTA) to help the drivers resolve any outstanding payments or contractual disputes with Uber, Khaw added.
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“The Grab-Uber merger impacted several groups of workers and drivers, but to different degrees,” the minister said in a parliamentary reply.
About 300 former employees of Uber were given paid leave of up to three months whilst Grab identifies suitable positions for them. “Those who are not placed within Grab will be compensated in accordance with the Tripartite Advisory on Managing Excess Manpower and Responsible Retrenchment,” Khaw said.
He also said that Uber used to have 300 to 400 contract workers, and Grab has committed to take over and honour the terms and durations of their contracts.
Meanwhile, Grab is in the midst of appealing for its position to the Singapore government after the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has decided that the merger is anti-competitive and placed remedies to revive competition in the market.
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