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TEEU to debate civil disobedience motion today

One of Ireland’s largest trade unions, which is calling for a general election, will vote on a motion of civil unrest today.

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TODAY THE TECHNICAL Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) will debate on whether to engage in a campaign of civil disobedience if the government refuses to hold a general election, RTÉ reports.

The trade union, one of Ireland’s largest, condemns the government’s “negligence in the management of the economy”. More than 10,500 electricians are represented by the TEEU.

It will put forward the motion at its biennial conference in Galway today, where general secretary of the union Eamon Devoy is expected to warn that Ireland is on the brink of “significant civil unrest”, reports the Irish Times.

He is expected to add:

When the draconian measures being proposed are heaped on top of the €14.5 billion cuts already implemented in the last three brutal budgets, life in Ireland will be unbearable.

We now call on the Government to resign, hold a general election and face the verdict of the electorate.

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