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Offshore hotel professionals ask for help and stoppages on Petrobras platforms could happen across the country by the end of this month

Written by Paulo Nogueira
Published 26/05/2024 às 14:08
Offshore hotel worker with a pensive expression, with his hand on his face and wearing a white helmet, in front of an oil platform and the ocean in the background
An offshore hotel worker contemplates the horizon with an oil platform in the background. Working conditions and wages are the focus of complaints

Improved salaries and working conditions are among the demands of offshore workers who work in Petrobras units and other oil companies

In recent days, the portal CPG has been receiving news about a possible strike of professionals working in the offshore Catering or Hospitality segment and maritime units, especially from Petrobras, destined for oil and gas operations, which should happen on May 30th (Thursday) .

For those who work in the onboard area, understands that all functions on board are extremely essential for the functioning of the platform, regardless of the level of education, training or technical knowledge of the professional.

It's just guesswork (sorry), but that seems to be the problem! In general, offshore hotel professionals do not need to take a technical or higher education course to work on board. (with exceptions), just a professional qualification, such as one from SENAC for example, which is enough to qualify you to board. Due to this "ease", there are companies that pay extremely low salaries to their employees in this area.

Even though professionals on board such as captains, engineers, the production and wellhead completion team play extremely complex roles, justifying their salaries above R$10 thousand, often even more than that, without the offshore hotel industry this it won't be worth anything tens/hundreds of km on the high seas, because they need the same hotel service.

Think about it: Everyone must eat, have sanitized clothes and uniforms, organized and clean cabins... It is impossible to carry out any offshore activity without these professionals. Given this information, let's get to the heart of the matter and remember: ALL THE INFORMATION COME FROM DOZENS OF PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THE SAME SITUATION, THEY ARE NOT DELIBERATE WORDS FROM CPG CLICK PETRÓLEO E GÁS.

The main complaints and demands for improvements in the offshore hotel industry are based on the following topics:

  • Low pay
  • Low food allowance
  • Bus Routes
  • Threats on board
  • commissioners
  • Nurses
  • Expired food
  • Psychological terror

Low salaries – As incredible as it may seem (even we were surprised), there are professionals who are earning around R$ 1400 + 50% additional, which is around 1900 reais per month. There are also those who also pay a R$250 food ticket. Extremely low compared to the past, in a market that paid up to more than R$3 per month, depending on the company.

Health insurance - When it's about health plan There are companies that pay and others that don't. When they pay, not all of them extend it to the worker's family.

Bus Routes – There are reports of delays in payment for transport, to the point where professionals are left standing at the bus station waiting to return home, however, unable to pay for the ticket. Employees often stay at the airport hungry. There are people who leave home with enough money just to get to the airport.

Onboard Threats – This includes moral harassment of the governance in the unit by commissioners and nurses. Flight attendants are accused of treating their subordinates disrespectfully, ignoring their efforts and responding with complete ignorance, as well as abusing the power they have. Workers report that they do not have the right to get sick and are subjected to excessive demands, without due recognition for their efforts. When they try to communicate with the company, they face significant delays in responses, which can take up to fifteen days. Supply shortages are constant, and when the ranch is delivered, it is often insufficient, lasting only three or four days. Furthermore, there are reports that they are required to perform a perfect job without the appropriate materials or personal protective equipment for the job.

Expired food – We received recorded videos here of spoiled and expired food. There is no way to keep a crew healthy and able to perform their occupational functions with a real risk of poisoning.

Unions resolve to meet demands from offshore hotel oil workers

Upon noticing the intense engagement in favor of these demands on the CPG channels, Whatsapp Groups and Instagram, Sindipetro NF decided to intercede on behalf of the workers. Watch the video below:

Tezeu Petroleiro Video – Instagram @tezeupetroleiro

Exclusive sources revealed that Petrobras is already prepared to face a potential worker strike. According to information obtained, companies that are operating on Petrobras platforms are aware of employee movements.

To minimize potential impacts on its operations, Petrobras may plan a contingency strategy to minimize interruptions. “If a strike occurs and operations are interrupted, plan B has already been defined: disembark all the employees involved and replace them with a new team,” details the source.

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Paulo Nogueira

With a technical background, I worked in the offshore oil and gas market for a few years. Today, my team and I are dedicated to bringing information from the Brazilian energy sector and the world, always with credible and up-to-date sources.

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