Unite the union has announced this afternoon that its 2,500 member have rejected the the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) pay offer after a consultative ballot.
Negotiations with the OCA have been ongoing since January this year whereby a revised offer on overall pay, terms and conditions framework was made in June.
Officials from union and the OCA, which represents nine companies, including Amec Foster Wheeler, Petrofac and Wood Group PSN, have met numerous times to try to resolve the situation.
Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “Unite’s thousands of members in the offshore sector covered by the OCA agreement have participated in a consultative ballot to emphatically reject the pay offer.
“We hope the strength of feeling demonstrated among Unite members will be taken seriously by the OCA employers. We now have no option but to ballot our members for industrial action.”
Unions have argued for better terms workers, including a wage increase, along with improved sick pay and paid travel time.
The OCA came up with an offer to increase pay by 2%, but it was rejected by workers.
The unions said a majority of workers had backed a walkout, but legal requirements for staging a strike were not satisfied.
At least 50% of eligible members must vote in favour of industrial action for a strike to go ahead.