UNION members have been told to be “ballot ready” if a meeting does not resolve issues in the oil industry next week.
Unite met the Offshore Contractors Association last week to try to resolve issues in the industry, which include rota changes, pay and job losses.
But the union is due to meet the organisation, which is estimated to account for around 20,000 oil-related employees, again on Wednesday in a bid to resolve the issues.
More than 93% of Unite’s members voted in favour of industrial action after 2,500 ballot letters were sent out in February.
The letters were sent to workers, including electricians, pipe fitters, scaffolders and riggers employed by contractors such as Marathon and Talisman.
A letter sent to members from Unite Scotland regional secretary Pat Rafferty said: “It will be up to Unite members to lead the way forward in this campaign.
“As our members will ultimately decide the course of action against the OCA employers, Unite the Union are continuing to prepare for industrial action through our phone banking and mapping exercise.
“We need all our members to be ballot ready and fully up to date with the campaign to defend the future of workers in the North Sea.”
Regional officer for offshore workers Wullie Wallace said: “There is no doubt that balloting would be the next option for us if things don’t get resolved at the meeting.”
Mr Wallace added: “We can’t continue to keep on having meetings forever.”