Oil workers have completed another round of strike action, with more planned over a rota system that union bosses say affects their health.
Staff on the Total platforms Alwyn, Elgin and Dunbar downed tools for 24 hours yesterday at 6am.
The action was slated to be the final 24-hour strike, although 12-hour stoppages are planned during September and October.
Members of Unite the union have refused to accept the option of a “three on, three off” rota, meaning they would work for three weeks and be off for a further three.
Unite regional officer Wullie Wallace said the new proposals endanger the health and social life of staff.
He said: “Our members have had some experience of the three and three rota, because it does sometimes occur.
“The length of time offshore, our members believe, has an impact on their health, their welfare, and also their family life.”
Unite have been in talks with Total since the initial offering was rejected by members on July 23.
Since then, Mr Wallace says, talks have not been very productive.
He said: “I think we’re still a good bit apart. We are in discussions, so that’s a good thing, but we’re still a good bit apart.”
During the FirstBus strikes earlier this year other Unite branches from across the country stepped in to offer financial assistance to staff.
Mr Wallace said they are looking into the same course of action, which could be put in place if the strike continues in the long term.
Mr Wallace also said there has not been any breakdown in talks, with another meeting scheduled for Thursday.
A spokesman for Total said: “Total E&P UK confirms that industrial action took place today on its Northern North Sea and Central Graben Area platforms.
“Total is continuing to engage with its offshore workforce about changing working patterns to three weeks on, three weeks off.”