Negotiations between unions and employers in Norway over pay negotiations has broken down.
Both Industri Energi (IE) and Safe said they had failed to secure a “responsible” settlement and claimed employers showed “no willingness” to reach an agreement.
Asle Reime, who led the negotiations on behalf of Industri Energi said it had made its best efforts but employers had “never really come to the table”.
Managing director of Maersk Drilling, Jakob Korsgaard, said it had been “disappointing” that employees were presenting demands “disconnected” from the current economic climate in the oil market.
It comes as as many as 23 rigs are set to be laid up off Norway by the end of June.
The proposed settlement covers around 5,000 members of the union employed with contractors.
This includes Songa Offshore, Odfjell Drilling and Maersk on rigs working off Norway.
The settlement will now go before the State Mediator in Oslo.