North-east workers at Odfjell Drilling are likely to turn down a new set of terms and conditions proposed by the offshore contractor.
Unite regional officer Willie Wallace said yesterday that the cuts proposed by the firm were “still considerable” and had “not been received very well”.
Odfjell, which has a base in Altens, Aberdeen, wrote to employees in mid-December to inform them of plans to reduce costs.
The company later revised its proposals.
Mr Wallace said Unite was preparing a consultative ballot to gauge whether the 180 staff members affected would accept the new terms.
But Mr Wallace said feedback from workers suggested the offer would be rejected and that Odfjell still “needed to do better”.
Mr Wallace said the basic wage cut would be “different for different people”, but that workers stood to lose a “considerable amount of money”.
He said some workers could lose as much as £20,000 per year is the cuts were implemented.
Odfjell has been contacted for comment.