LETTERS 1.7.17

Eat my shorts, Uber!
YOUR story “Uber eats into profits” (Voice, 24 June, 2017) is a realisation of the impact these new companies have on our society.
It appears the Uber honeymoon is coming to an end as smart people understand the destructive impact this foreign company has throughout the world.
When Uber ride share first launched, the public were quick on the uptake, suddenly condemning taxis and town car services, causing irreversible social and financial catastrophe on those small business operators.
Some of those small businesses may have needed to improve, but they contribute to our economy immensely, and let’s face it, they aren’t all bad!
Fortunately, many of the public are returning to cabs, often using a regular, reliable driver.
But the damage is done.
AirBnB, Lyft, Amazon, downloading sites and others can also take some blame in the sharing economy.
But who is sharing really?
And who is to blame?
The positive outcome is the realisation that the public wanted change and public enthusiasm for these new services made existing companies stand up and take notice.
Many have improved services in an effort to win clients back.
The commercial world is changing and we have to embrace that, but whilst the rest of us must comply with local laws and regulations and the associated expense, these foreign organisations operate from outside of our country and flagrantly ignore the law.
Some countries saw the impact this would have on local business and their communities by banning them, at least until they complied with local regulations.
At the end of the day, a fair and just society will acknowledge that supporting cut-price (often foreign and illegal) operators will come at a cost to us all.
We have to ask the question, “Are these companies creating value from nothing, or destroying the value of the formal economy?
Are they inventing new, flexible ways for underemployed Australians to work, or are they contributing to the destruction of full-time jobs?”
In their quest to obtain cheap eats, low fares or cut price goods, the consumer isn’t seeing the additional burdens placed on the small business owner, the reduction in employment and the fewer fees and taxes paid to our governments. Taxes which sustain our fair and just society.
Tony Gibb
Auckland Street, North Perth


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