AN agreement to withdraw a threat to cut current pay rates has averted a possible nationwide strike by electricians.
Employers and the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) came up with an interim agreement yesterday. The pay cut threat is currently off the table, and in return the TEEU has withdrawn a claim for a wage increase of 4.9pc.
Instead the claim will now be pursued through a new Registered Employment Agreement proposed by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) following talks by both sides.
However, TEEU general secretary Eamon Devoy reserved the right to take strike action against any employer who failed to adhere to existing agreements on pay and conditions.
"The decision to undertake strategic strikes will stay in place."