The Unite trade union is warning Bank of Ireland that it could face major strike action unless it complies with a Labour Court recommendation on merit-based payments for hundreds of employees.
The union has called off a planned stoppage by the 500 workers today, saying it wants to turn down the temperature in the dispute to give the bank time to reflect on its position.
The row centres on the bank's refusal to implement a Labour Court proposal issued in June.
The court said the workers should receive cost-of-living pay increases and performance-related payments in line with agreed procedures.
Unite is warning that it will mount a strike campaign designed to cause maximum impact if Bank of Ireland continues to ignore the recommendation.