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Old 12th Aug 2008, 16:51
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Trogs,

Perhaps one might suggest to the ethics folks how that will promote the blackmarketing exchange of currency by company employees who have limited access to legal exchange facilities.

You perhaps miss the economy issues....as it is much easier to transfer funds at source vice maintaining several imprest accounts at each level of operation.

They really do have your interests at heart old lad.....really!





Besides...various management personnel now will not be tempted to play monkey shines with the company's money!
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Old 13th Aug 2008, 05:12
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Sas,

I agree but this has come at a bad time. Rightly or wrongly a lot of guys see CLA as part of their income. With all the other stuff going on plus the delay in the pay review accompanied by the rather weak "We are doing a survey and waiting for the results" excuse this was not the best time to start playing with people's money.

The timing of the survey got a lot of people asking why they waited until now rather than get it completed in time for the review. Now this CLA thing has thrown another negative thought into the minds of a lot of already negative thinking people.

The announcement was accompanied by an inadequate explanation which doesn't help. Why announce it then wait for everone to draw their own conclusions in the bar ? What is wrong with a document announcing and setting out exactly how it will be done ? It is poor communications that has set everyone's minds (and tongues) racing.

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Old 13th Aug 2008, 10:16
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I see CHC just announced the annual increments for this year. Backpaid to May 1st too, no less.
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Old 13th Aug 2008, 11:18
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NEO,

All that is true....very true.....but not germane to the issue.

Granted some of your countrymen see the CLA as a way of eating....drinking...making Mary on the Squire's account (some even plan to take the leftover money home on leave as a sort of "mad money" safe from the wife's clutches...) but at the end of the day it should not matter whether it is paid at source or upon arrival in country at the start of each tour. (In theory anyway!)

Perhaps the better move would be to close the company bar....ban drink....and consider any gatherings of three or more staff outside required company functions to be either a mutiny or union meeting and take disciplinary action accordingly.

In time perhaps introducing flogging as a means to raise morale will become popular again. That or require all staff to dance twenty minutes a day as Bligh did on the Bounty.
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Old 13th Aug 2008, 14:52
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pocket snooker - managerial game to lessen boredom

Them increments sounds a lot like excrement to me
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Old 13th Aug 2008, 15:08
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alouette,

I hear you, but it is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, or what BHNL seem to have got so far......ie, bupkess.


(some even plan to take the leftover money home on leave)
SAS,
surely you jest about left over CLA?? Or has it actually gone up from the tuppeny-hapenny that it was a few years back?
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Old 13th Aug 2008, 22:25
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UL,

Whether Sas was joking or not the issue remains unchanged. So far all this announcement has done is ps a lot off psed off people off

By the way, I've never come across any of my countrymen with CLA to spare, nor for that matter any of his !!

CHC backdated to May ? I bet Bristow's will be backdated to............ well, not May

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Old 14th Aug 2008, 01:51
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NEO,

I remember being as angry and frustrated with BHNL damagement when I was under their command, so you guys have my sympathies in your struggles now.

As for the CLA, it lasted about 2 weeks if you were not prepared to starve yourself or die of dehydration if I recall correctly.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 04:09
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I am serious NEO....one of your countrymen...superior to your rank in the Army....endeavoured to take money home.

I can recall seeing him have Pilchard Sardines (The wee red can as I recall), a bit of chopped cabbage and that slimy stuff you know as salad dressing, and one slice of bread for lunch.....56 days straight for lunch.

Perhaps his school teacher friend subsidized his evening meals thus saving hime a few Bob.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 04:52
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NEO, Sasless is right. Perhaps you forgot him. The guy was very posh (although that was fake) and last I heard he was instructing at Middle Wallop near his house.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 11:12
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Errrrrrr....then's theres two of 'em then. I believe Good Man is referrring to Texaco Twin Pac killer where I am referring to a Morgan owner.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 12:09
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Mean SOB's

Sas,

There are so many of those that we could start a complete new thread "The meanest boys in West Africa" or anywhere else for that matter! I can recall some World Beater Cheapskates and probably will when I am less pissed off!

Whatever - this is not really relevant to the present problem of beanpushers being so insensitive that for whatever reason, they are prepared to piss off so many to convenience so few!

Aaaargh!

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Old 14th Aug 2008, 13:31
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Trogs,

Patience Laddy! Chill out mi'Man! Be Happy!

The problem is all about perspective....perhaps you are too close to the problem and that is what is twisting your view of the situation.

Me on the other hand....having awakened to a cool, brisk, bright and clear morning....enjoyed a short dinghy ride down to a mate's boat that is anchored out near my marina....and having had a lovely cup of coffee and some pleasant conversation....well I see the CLA/HR thing in quite a different light.

In time...you too in retirement...will find some entertainment in reading of the latest rendition of the woes of working for Bristow in Nigeria.

You do have my empathy and heartfelt sympathy in re the latest debacle.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 13:55
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re the Bristow CLa
I guess this was done to save the company money, no suprise there, has it been posted at what rate the Steling or Dollars will be converted at and if that will change in accordance with fluctuations in the exchange rate. Also I guess that will be the last time we ever see a rise in CLA as it will now be hidden inamongst our salary.
Also, for those of us not lucky enough to live in either UK or USA, we will now have to buy said currencies on our credit cards at airports etc so that will cost us more money in the long run.
It does make you wonder what the next cost cutting excersise will be. Cant be many things left that they can trim back on. Dont have enough people, dont have any spares, dont have any CLA, Aha, an idea, sack the dumb ass accountants.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 18:21
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The Cla is one thing....

the unexplicable logic another. Hey, I get it!!! The company wants to save money and puts us on 6&6 to save two round trip tickets per year. Unfortunately though if one puts one and one together the CLA we are getting now is the equivalent of two round trip tickets. Now it comes out it will no longer be paid out in cash but transferred on to our accounts. If the CLA is now disguised as a pay increase then I have to say "excrement" again instead of increments. We are busting our humps out there in the Delta every day to make these bean counters look good, and what exactly do we get in return? Occasional AK bullets and a security situation deterioriating to an extend that makes this Delta look like a battle field in Iraq. Stay tuned in on NDST 129.1 or else...

P.S. NDST stands for Niger Delta Sewage Treatment
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 20:05
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Sack the bean counter?

Hi Disting1

As a voyeur I've been listing to everyone comment on their wonderful life in the Delta. Sacking the bean counters is the most cost effective idea proposed.

If you do finally get feedup and quit someone will willingly take your place. At least from a historical prospective. Nothing seems to change in Nigeria, just more of the same different day! Glad to be seeing this soap opera thru the rear view mirror.

Cheers,
Pokerpilot33

PS. Good luck to everyone still there, but nothing will change until you change!
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Old 15th Aug 2008, 00:58
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I see the Bakasi Peninsular has been handed back to Cameroun. Does that mean the Notam that has been on the notice boards for years - saying the Nigerian Army will attack you with anti aircraft fire if you overfly - has finally been withdrawn??
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Old 15th Aug 2008, 02:41
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Perhaps some wag will just use Whiteout to change Nigerian Army to Cameroun Army. Sorted - next crisis please!
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Old 15th Aug 2008, 04:21
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Bristow

What is the ...Bristow CLA........you guys are talking about?? Please give details??
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Old 15th Aug 2008, 04:29
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CLA

Sharps,

It is a crap living allowance.

It's what you get given to work in a crap country.

TD
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