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Argentina: After months of Taxi-union pressure, Uber to leave BA

 |  October 5, 2015

Buenos Aires’ taxi unions, a highly-organized group, have managed to halt ride-sharing app Uber’s attempts to enter the Argentinian capital’s market. The company had discreetly begun looking for drivers back in February, using the LinkedIn network to locate potential associates.

BA’s taxi unions noticed this, prompting a series of protests demanding Mayor Mauricio Macri (who is a candidate for the presidency in the upcoming elections) to take a stand against Uber’s arrival in the city. Buenos Aires has one of the largest taxi fleets in the world, with over 38,000 registered licenses. These are frequently held by retired citizens seeking to supplement their pension income.

After the demonstrations and following other difficulties around the world, Uber issued an official statement, which makes clear the company has no set date to begin operations in Argentina.

Source: El País

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