LUX * Le Morne Hotel: The Taxi Drivers Protest Against "Unfair Competition"
17 Janvier 2013 - The Défi Media Group
Taxi drivers having as basis the hotel operation LUX * Le Morne stood firmly against the "Unfair competition" that would make them of privately owned vans and taxis from other regions. However, the hotel management LUX * Le Morne says that the situation is out of control.
They are a total of twenty taxi drivers to support that they face serious difficulties for several months.
"Often, the first taxi to leave the hotel 13 hours or even 14 hours with their first clients on board. We poireautons since morning while vans we bite our customers under our noses. This is the same boat when we do night service. How will we survive this situation? "Asks one of the taxi drivers.
They point to the direction of the hotel grounds that it would be familiar with the operation of vans and taxis from other bases. An accusation that appear to reject the hotel managers LUX * Le Morne.
In a statement she sent us through the communication agency Blast, the direction of the hotel gives its version.
"The hotel management sympathize with taxi drivers, however, the situation is out of control. It goes without saying that if a hotel guest looking for a ride to go somewhere on the island, receiving recommend a taxi from the hotel. However, some customers prefer to establish their own arrangements, searching the internet or referring to contacts before they visit, "reads the statement.
Tired of saying this situation of "downtime", the taxi drivers have requested a meeting with the management of LUX * Le Morne. Meeting which took place in effect at the beginning of November, but according to the taxi drivers, it would not lead to a solution.
"The direction of LUX * Le Morne met taxi from the hotel to the beginning of November, because they wanted to express their grievances.
They explained to the direction of the taxi drivers and individuals made their competition, as they offered their services to the guests, creating a shortfall for these drivers, "the statement said. He added: "The hotel will continue to support the taxi drivers, but believes that the situation is now in the hands of the authorities."
Indeed, following the meeting with the leadership of LUX * Le Morne, taxi drivers have written a letter to the National Transport Authority (NTA) to express their grievances, but they have not received any response so far . However, contacted by telephone by The Daily Challenge, Mr. Cyril Appa Jala, Senior Transport Controller is ready to receive a delegation of these drivers to try to find a solution to their problems.
Meanwhile, these protesters have recorded a statement at the police station in Black River. "We sincerely hope that this matter be clarified and we can operate in peace without unfair competition," say in unison these drivers who recently came together in the Taxi Drivers' Association.