“He would not even get two votes” – Lucien Joseph brushes aside Jn Pierre’s call for his resignation

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“He would not even get two votes” – Lucien Joseph brushes aside Jn Pierre’s call for his resignation
National Taxi Association President Lucien Joseph
National Taxi Association President Lucien Joseph

National Taxi Union President Lucien Joseph has refuted claims of side-lining the Southern Taxi Association (STA), stating that he has tried everything in his power to represent all the affiliate taxi providers.

Joseph’s comment come on the heels of recent calls by the STA President Francisco Jn Pierre to have him resign his post as president.

In an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today, July, 23, Joseph said: “When a man wants to run for politics he sees everything different, especially when he is on the other side.”

The Union president stated that he was even accused of representing only the STA, but explained that “Southern Taxi needs to understand that it is a two-way street and there must be balance in everything.”

Joseph claims that other members of the STA are more committed to the taxi association than its current president.

“He has a permanent job at the credit union. All what he has been doing is coordinating… everything he has been doing from STA, is to bring the budding end to the credit union,” he told SNO.

Further, the union head said the St. Lucia Reps contacted him recently based on a discussion with the STA, to contract a few vehicles, with the intention of distributing the contracts equally among different service providers.

“I even raised concerns with an official of the St. Lucia Reps about consulting with the STA and was told that the association was okay with the arrangement.”

Despite this, the decision did not go down well with the STA.

The STA president claims that the St. Lucia Reps sourced seven 30-seater vehicles, two 40-seaters and one luggage bus from the north. And despite the STA’s current fleet of four 30-seater vehicles, two 40-seaters and one luggage bus, only one 30-seater vehicle was hired from the STA.

However, as it relates to calls by the STA to have him step down, Joseph said the suitable thing to do is to call a meeting to discuss the issue at stake and move on.

“I strongly believe however, even if Jn Pierre is to challenge me for my position he would not even get two votes.”

The STA head claims that they are the authorised taxi-service provider for the airport and should be the first to receive contracts when it comes to hiring buses. T

The STA said it pays in excess of $100,000 to operate out of the Hewanorra International Airport.

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  1. Look at mate face....is that some1 you can trust with ANYTHING. That man there 4 himself alone & maybe, he'll consider one or two other persons - if they will tell him who's one his side. Taxi drivers - DO SOMETHING about him.

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  2. Get real Lucien did not put himself as president.They voted for him over and over again.So what is the problem?

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  3. I have never understood what this guy "Lucien" has said in the past or trying to say now. He also comes across as a very contentious individual. If we are concerned about our development, Is that the kind of people that we want to lead organisations?

    One person comes to the media with allegations. The other comes to answer using only personal attacks. Does this sound familiar? Has St. Lucia changed or is the goal post consistently being shifted by a patern of behavior practised by a few?

    If this is the new accepted mode of behavior then we all must seek to adopt it.

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  4. Smh if everyone have a problem with you everywhere you go you mean to tell me u are not the problem and the problem is with them and not u ? Pure greed and selfishness but he will fall trust me and he will fall hard.

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  5. The nerves and arrogance of Lucien Joseph.
    What power does he hold over the members that he thinks Mr.Jn Pierre wouldn't get two votes? Lucien Joseph has held this position for too long and is beginning to think he owns it. From what I gather he is just another self serving, power hungry person.

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    • I totally agree with you Jane Glory. Just listening to Lucien speak, you can hear the ARROGANCE in his voice & he's not approachable at all. I don't see why those taxi drivers keep voting him in. I know there are taxi drivers in Castries that can do a much better job than him & I also of a few in Vieux Fort too. As a GOOD LEADER, if an institution seeks help from you for your members, the right course of action would be to involve ALL taxi drivers (half from Castries & the remainder from Vieux Fort). It's not right to engage 98% from Castries & the 'QUAS' from Vieux Fort. I would expect a GOOD LEADER to choose GOOD, CLEAN buses & as a matter of fact, the buses from Vieux Fort are more WELL-KEPT than most of the Castries buses. You taxi drivers have to make up your minds & look for GOOD REPRESENTATION.....everyone has to eat (not Castries only) & I'm from the North of the Island -see those WELL-KEPT vehicles from Vieux Fort passing, especially on Sunday afternoons - I feel PROUD to be a LUCIAN, when I see them.

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  6. there must be some truth to jn.pierre's gripe not one positive comment about this guy lucien he must be a real scum bag. not once did the STA Pres attack him personally but he did twice by talking about Jn pierre's intention to run for politics and his job at the credit union that shows this guy is very low in quality and is a shady character. Membership should demand this guy resign or request an election to get rid of this scum

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  7. Lucien is brilliant, like it or not, he is!!!Call a spade a spade. He is good at manipulating people and lying. He will never talk ill of the government which gave him a contract to clean the Vigie beach.

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    • Jay, I like you! You really made me laugh LOUD this afternoon. I would LOVE that contract - how much is the contract? Enquiry minds would like 2 know!LOL

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  8. LUCIEN YOU ARE A DAMN LIAR,YOU BETRAYED THE GUYS .YOU ARE A LIAR!!!YOU KNOW VERY WELL YOU ARE IN BED WITH KENNY AND LYING TO THE GUYS.STEP DOWN AND GIVE SOMEONE ELSE A CHANCE.

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  9. You see how this idiot plays the divide game. He already accusing the man of wanting to run against the SLP. Of course we know were you stand Lucien and its time to stop using your alligiance to the SLP to make a mockery of the poor taxi drivers.

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  10. The same week the labour party won the election in November 2011, he was given the contract to clean the vigie beach area from the little man who had it. He tells the minister who to give TX plates and who to give concessions to. He has the backing of two executive of STA on his team, He knows how to play the divide and rule game also all because of greed. The TAXI drivers at Hewannora are bleeding. They have the newest fleet of cars against all odds because of the demand. Some only make 1500-2500 a month already fuel is take about $1000 and up. How can they possibly survive, most of the guys used by the reps come down with on trip and go back up with one. Jn.Pierre has remained patient enough because he tried to keep this thing calm, he is ready to be voted out by his members because they felt he was to slow to act, all in the name of peace. He Lucien kept assuring STA he was working on things, YES but only to his benefit.

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  11. Lucien always in some roro, step down let somebody else take over. When people like you in a position, you think your navel string is buried there.

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  12. Lucien you are a LIAR, deceiver, crooked guy. You were given a cash trip every time you come to Hewannora Airport over its members, you collaborated with the reps and other taxi service to destroy STA, you claim you hate Mr. Jn,Pierre. You Sold out southern Taxi for your own greedy gain. YOU NEED TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Well, if he is truly a liar, deceiver and a crooked guy, all you have to do is mobilize your members and make sure you get ride of him from the helm of the organization. Looks like a real scamp for true.

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