After Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down on June 21 following investor pressure, scores of employees of the ride-hailing company have started a petition to get him back in some “operational role”. It is said that over 10 percent of Uber s global workforce has signed the petition. The initiative Bring Back Kalanick has found support in India too. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelinesAlso Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
Many of Uber India s 1,000 employees have signed the petition, according to a report in ET. Some of them have even made public posts on Facebook expressing their displeasure over Kalanick s exit. The company may be slammed because of its work culture and ethical concerns with regulatory bodies but his resignation as a CEO is just a bad idea where business and growth is concerned. Many of us are against this and want him back, one of them reportedly said. ALSO READ: Waymo-Uber lawsuit: Ex-Google employees accused of stealing files for self-driving car technology
Uber India says it is expected that emotions around Kalanick s exit will be intense . We understand that, and we want all of you to know that he did not make this decision lightly. Stepping back now was his way of putting Uber first, as he always has, a Uber India spokesperson told BGR India. Travis gave more to this company than anyone. He had a deep and meaningful impact on countless numbers of people at Uber and around the world, and for that, we will forever be grateful, the spokesperson added.
Reports in the foreign press suggest that Uber s investors have faced a backlash following Kalanick s departure. The email that Uber India staffers are circulating directs employees who vehemently disagree with Travis resignation as CEO to an internal link where they can voice their support anonymously.
The global petition further reads: As the folks who ve actually worked alongside Travis for years to help create Uber from nothing, we are extremely disappointed by the short-sightedness and pure self-interest demonstrated by those who are supposed to protect the long-term interests of our company. ALSO READ: Uber India integrates Snapchat filters in its ride-sharing app
Uber was founded in 2009 and is currently valued at $70 billion. However, the company has been riddled with allegations over its toxic work culture. And Kalanick s failure to take concrete action accelerated his departure.