OTTAWA (Reuters) - Airbus said on Wednesday that it had accepted a request for conciliation by Montreal-area workers who assemble the company's smallest jet, but had no intention of increasing its offer.

Union members had on Sunday rejected a tentative agreement with the planemaker. They are now pushing for a third-party conciliator to try to help end the deadlock.

"Although considerable and uninterrupted efforts have already been made to reach a satisfactory agreement, we are inclined to explore this additional avenue," the company said in a statement.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren and Promit Mukherjee)