A THREATENED strike by 6,500 electricians over pay, which could halt work at power plants, multinationals and major construction sites nationwide, has been referred to the Labour Relations Commission.
A meeting yesterday between the Electrical Contractors' Association, which represents the larger electrical contractors, and the electricians' union, the TEEU, agreed to refer the row to the commission on Thursday.
The Association of Electrical Contractors (AECI), which represents smaller contractors, will also attend Thursday's talks.
It is understood that the employers are considering injunctions against pickets if the pay row is not resolved.
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said that he was hopeful the dispute would be resolved quickly.
The TEEU has served notice of industrial action for February 24 in pursuit of a 5pc pay rise.