Offshore workers heading out to Statoil’s platforms in the North Sea may no longer get free coffee while they wait for their helicopter flight. Statoil has told its offshore workers that it spent NOK 3.3 million on their coffee last year, and needs to cut costs.
“Incredibly petty,” Per Steinar Stamnes of Industri Energi, the labour organization representing the offshore workers, told newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad. He agreed with the idea that Statoil’s highly paid offshore workers can afford to buy their own coffee, but thinks the proposal to end the free coffee service will dampen the workers’ motivation.
Statoil has already warned that it needs to dramatically cut costs and will reduce its investments over the next few years. Ørjan Heradstveit, information chief for Statoil, downplayed the proposal to cut coffee costs.
“We’re talking about an evaluation of the free coffee we offer at the helicopter terminals,” he told Stavanger Aftenblad. “We will still offer free coffee in our offices and at other places both on land and offshore.”