UPDATE 1-Brazil's president says Uber costs jobs, needs regulation

miércoles 2 de septiembre de 2015 17:41 GYT

(Adds details of local legislation, Uber declines to comment)

By Lisandra Paraguassu and Anthony Boadle

BRASILIA, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff criticized ride-sharing software Uber on Wednesday for increasing unemployment, adding to a chorus of labor concerns about the world's most valuable venture-backed start-up.

Rousseff said local authorities must regulate the service, which has led conventional taxi drivers to stage protests and lobby lawmakers in Brazil's three biggest cities.

Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and the capital Brasilia have all moved to ban the mobile application, which lets users hail Uber drivers for rides. None of the bans has yet taken effect, as mayors weigh whether to approve the laws.

In June, French President Francois Hollande said the low-cost UberPop service should be illegal, following violent protests by Parisian taxi drivers. Uber drivers in the United States won class action status on Tuesday for litigation demanding employee benefits.

"Uber is complicated because it takes jobs away from people... It leaves taxis with less work," Rousseff said in response to a reporter's question on Wednesday. "It's not an easy issue. It depends on the rules of each city and state, because it is not a federal government decision," she said.

The San Francisco-based start-up declined to comment.

In Brasilia, lawmakers have voted to ban the unregulated services of Uber, but the federal district governor vetoed the ban and set up a commission to decide what is best for the city.   Continuación...