Grab rejects claims Uber staff given 2 hours to pack up and leave

Grab has rejected claims that Uber staff in Singapore were given two hours to pack up and leave following the announcement of its acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asia business.

Instead, Grab will absorb all of Uber’s 500-plus employees across Southeast Asia, although they have been placed on paid leave for now, the Singapore-based company told Channel NewsAsia on Monday (Mar 26).

“We are committed to find a permanent home for them,” Grab’s head of people Ong Chin Yin said.

A video purportedly of Uber staff in Singapore packing up their belongings and leaving their office in Anson Road was posted on Twitter.

The Twitter user who posted the video told Channel NewsAsia that he, along with other Uber employees, were given two hours’ notice to pack up and leave. They were told that they were “free to find other employment” and no compensation package was offered.

No one from Grab had been in touch with the staff, he said. He declined to be named.

Grab’s Ms Ong said the company had not reached out to Uber employees because it does not “have the email addresses of Uber employees” yet.