EQUINOR’S Mariner oil platform in the UK North Sea is facing further strike action after GMB union said yesterday its members had voted to stop work in a dispute over pay.

Industrial action is likely to take place in the autumn after 78% of those balloted voted to strike following a final pay, terms and conditions offer made by Aker Solutions management.

Turnout was 79% among GMB members on the oil rig, located off the north east coast of Scotland.

The union Unite said on Friday its strike would involve about 200 workers and would likely take place between August and October.

Ross Murdoch, GMB national officer, said: “GMB members have now let their feelings be known to Aker Solutions. They are prepared to take industrial action to vent their frustration over the way they feel their employer is treating them on this very lucrative contract.

“It is now incumbent on Aker

to engage with GMB Union and

find a resolution that avoids potentially costly operational disruption and reputational damage on this contract.”