Hello, I work at Shells Albian Village for ESS Catering which is 83 km north of Fort McMurray, Alberta in northern Canada.
I just read this article;
…and wondered if you are aware how different the treatment of our workers is compared to that of the construction workers. Yes, you have an airstrip and provide transportation to the construction employee’s.
However, the ESS Catering employee’s that feed these workers not only do not have transportation provided (other than a meager 150 per month added to our checks…if they remember) on those company planes but we are now expected to make our own way into camp from Fort Mcmurray which is a $160 cab ride away as well. I just figured out how much it will cost me per month for transportation both ways.
I live near Edmonton, Alberta which is 4.5 hrs south of Fort McMurray. It came to close to 800 dollars when cab fare at the home end and the camp end is combined with the cheapest flight available, which you can’t always get. I do take the bus when I have to but it is still close to 800 dollars. If Shell is so concerned with keeping the workers at Albian Village they will have to do far better than this for the ESS workers.
The recent decision to not provide transportation from Fort McMurray is going to cause you to lose a great many of the people who provide the steak dinners etc. This, along with the fact that most of the kitchen staff only get 8 hours per day and have to beg for more hours to get proper meals out is making it very hard for the good employee’s to justify remaining at Albian Village.
I suggest you place at least a little concern in the catering area of the employee’s as well. If those construction workers aren’t happy with their food the bar (where you are only allowed 2 drinks per person), workout room and yoga aren’t going to keep them there Also, if the worker happens to be a smoker consider first that working at this camp in the dead of winter could become a tad uncomfortable being that there is no smoking allowed anywhere in the village and no heated shelter outside where the temperatures this winter dropped to -42 (without the wind chill factor)!