A union boss has said he is “bitterly disappointed” talks have broken down over proposals to cut offshore workers’ pay.
Wood Group is proposing pay cuts of up to 22%, but Unite the union says that once reductions to other allowances are added, this rises to 30%.
More than 200 North Sea oil rig workers have been balloted for strike action over the proposed pay cut on eight of Shell’s North Sea oil and gas platforms.
The breakdown in talks comes ahead of the ballot result on Wednesday.
Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Unite is bitterly disappointed and dismayed at the unwillingness of Wood Group to meaningfully negotiate and work with us to reach an agreed settlement.
“The company has refused to move on any of the major issues and seems determined to force this issue into an industrial dispute.
“We have repeatedly said our members are not immune to the challenges facing the oil and gas industry but Wood Group must work with us in order to meet them.
“This cannot mean the imposition of swingeing cuts of up to 30% on workers who work in one of the most challenging environments in the world.”
A Wood Group spokeswoman said: “We strongly refute the allegation that we were unwilling to negotiate, we have met the unions 11 times and also with shop stewards and communication representatives.
“As part of our commitment to following a fair and transparent consultation we have addressed every significant concern that our employees and the unions have expressed.
“At no point did this include a 30% pay cut.”