SIPTU and the TEEU
have joined forces to form the Trade Union Federation to increase union involvement in all employment sectors.
general secretary Eamon Devoy said the Government needs to go back to the drawing board and take into account the size of the house and the income of householder.
Mr Cawley's representative - retired TEEU
official and former ESB deputy chairman Joe La Cumbre - argued that he was not subjected to fair procedure as he did not have union representation at a disciplinary meeting.
And Arthur Hall of the TEEU
warned: "I don't see industrial action being avoidable.
regional secretary Pat Keane added: "We will exhaust every avenue to resolve the dispute.
Owen Wills, TEEU
general secretary, said: "A speedy outcome to the investigation could obviate the need for a resumption of industrial action by our members.
General secretary of the TEEU
Owen Willis said: "Given the current situation which now exists with the rejection of the Labour Relations Commission proposals that we accepted, the sector is facing a return to industrial action.
A spokesman said: "The TEEU
executive will meet Thursday evening to review the situation.
executive backed the increase at a meeting in Dublin.
General Secretary Owen Wills said: "External forces are seeking to ensure there is no settlement to the dispute.
wants to raise the rate for electricians more than 11% from EUR21.
incoming general secretary Eamon Devoy said the union was applying to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions for an allout picket.