TEEU delegates have voted in favour of a campaign of civil disobedience if the Government does not call a General Election.

The emergency motion was passed by an overwhelming majority at the biennial conference of the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union in Galway this morning.

It condemned the Government for what it describes as ‘negligence in the management of the economy’.

The union’s General Secretary, Eamon Devoy, told delegates that he believes Ireland is on the brink of significant civil unrest.

He attacked the Government's plan to take €6bn out of the economy in the next Budget.

'When the draconian measures being proposed are heaped on top of the €14.5b cuts already implemented in the last three brutal Budgets, life in Ireland will be unbearable', he said.

ICTU General Secretary David Begg accused banks of 'lying through their teeth to NAMA about the value of their loan books.'

He told delegates that the Government guarantee to the banking bond holders was 'a terrible mistake' and the trade union movement would not 'acquiesce in the ruination of our society'.

Mr Begg said Congress was calling for a mass mobilisation on 27 November to 'allow ordinary working people to voice their opposition to a policy that could destroy 90,000 more jobs in the short term and any prospect of long term prosperity.'

Responding to the announcement, Taoiseach Brian Cowen said he does not see that 'it will advance' solving the problems the country is facing.

Mr Cowen said Ireland has issues to 'deal with' in the way that 'other countries have'.

The Taoiseach added that the Government knows the policies being implemented are 'difficult in the short-term' but that they are important for the country.