Edmonton reached the historic decision to legalize Uber last week, a move that has been praised and seen several authorities say other Canadian municipalities should follow suit. However, while governments across the country are warming to the UberX ridesharing service, taxi drivers and their unions remain fiercely opposed.
In Quebec, a taxi union is going after Uber aggressively this week, looking to take an injunction out against the United States based company. Regroupement des travailleurs autonomes Métallos represents more than 4,000 taxi drivers and owners across the province and in its general assembly held in Montreal on Sunday, the union decided to take drastic action against Uber.
The group believes the UberX service is unfair competition because it is operating in the province without regulation, essentially serving Quebec consumers as an illegal service. The union thinks the local municipal government should take charge of the situation and clamp down on Uber’s operations in Quebec, unless the company complies by existing taxi laws and regulations.
Regroupement des travailleurs autonomes Métallos now says it will seek an injunction against Uber, meaning the company would have to stop working in Quebec. That injunction could come as soon as Tuesday, but evidence from other regions in the country suggests Uber will carry on operating in Quebec regardless of authority pressure.
A spokesman speaking for the San Francisco based company said as much, while adding that any union injunction would be “without merit”.
“As we have seen from Superior Courts rulings across Canada, Uber is a new transportation model distinct from the traditional taxi industry,” said spokesman Jean-Christophe De Le Rue.
The taxi driver union said that it will also be taking a court action against Uber in a bid to recoup loss of earnings drivers say they suffered because of the illegal competition UberX brought to the province.