If there’s one sure way to annoy an employee, it has got to be to take away their coffee. But it seems the Australia's Queensland state government has thrown caution to the wind and put an end to the frivolity of providing free tea and coffee to staff.
New liberal Premier Campbell Newman has vowed to save $100m in the next six weeks – the first step in winding back the state’s $85bn debt. Since coming to power in a landslide victory in March, the Liberal National party has taken an axe to the travel budgets for government employees, aiming to slash air travel by 20%. There will also be tighter constraints on non-essential advertising.
While some measures, such as air travel and cutting catering at meetings is perhaps an understandable cost-cutting measure, the removal of the office cuppa, as well as indoor plants in some departments, has left many employees outraged.
Yet a spokesperson from the Premier’s office said every minister had been directed to simply spend taxpayers’ money wisely and the government would not be “looking to try and get blood out of a stone”, and did not have a “tea and bikkie police”.