At least 100 employees of Singapore’s Uber operations were fired on the spot yesterday (Mar 26), right after the news of Grab’s takeover was announced. Employees were given only 2 hours to leave the head office at Mapletree Anson in Tanjong Pagar by 12.30pm.
The news was made at 10.30am in the morning and no compensation was provided. An employee told the media that they were all fired on the spot:
“During the meeting, we were told to pack up, shut down operations and leave the office by 12.30pm. We were given no updates about severance package or anything. We were only told that we were free to apply for other jobs. After the meeting, everyone was left speechless. Some people were in tears. I was devastated and I felt very lost. All of a sudden I was out of a job.”
The employees confirmed that there was no prior notification a week before. The office at Uber’s Singapore arm, Lion City Rentals, was also shut down. Temasek Holdings paid for S$652 million for 51% of the company only in December.
Uber’s management is not contactable. ComfortDelgro taxi drivers who have outstanding payment received via credit card may not be paid.