North Sea strike action will continue until the end of October if a resolution cannot be met, according to a union boss.
Further talks broke down yesterday between Unite and Total – which were aimed at bringing a resolution to the dispute on the Alwyn, Elgin and Dunbar platforms.
Unite has now announced an extra five days of strike action will be carried out, unless an agreement can be reached.
Workers have been carrying out a series of strikes in a dispute centred on changes to offshore rotas.
Further action has already been planned for Monday 13 and 20 this month.
But Unite confirmed workers are prepared to carry out at least five more days of action running until the end of October.
They will take place on September 3 and 17, October 1, 15 and 29, and will involve 12-hour stoppages.
Regional officer for Unite Wullie Wallace said: “We did have talks with Total, however they were not very productive. We will speak to our members but Monday’s dispute is still going ahead as planned.”
Members voted to carry out strikes following an announcement that the North Sea operator wanted to move the offshore rotas from two weeks on, three weeks off to three weeks on and three off.