Pay rises for clampers, gas workers and pet food makers
Staff at the RTE credit union as well as Calor Gas, and Dublin Street Parking Services are among the workers to be awarded increases in recent months.
The Calor Gas pay rises, for over 100 staff, range from 2pc to 4pc, while 50 staff will get an increase of 2.5pc at Dublin Street Parking Services.
Unions have already won similar pay rises for staff in the retail and manufacturing sector. SIPTU said it negotiated increases for staff at two racecourses worth over 4pc for "giving concessions during hard times".
Up to 200 staff at pet food manufacturer C&D Foods in Longford, are also set for a 5.5pc phased pay increase, of which 2pc will be paid this year, 2pc next year, and 1.5pc in 2016.
Talks are also due to begin on wage rates for up to 40,000 staff employed in the cleaning and security industries, whose employment terms and conditions are covered by the Joint Labour Committee system.
SIPTU said some staff are getting back a little of what they lost over previous years, while some increases are for productivity and change. "A lot of companies are realising that for six years workers' pay was at best stagnating," said Services Division Organiser John King.
"It's what the economy needs, particularly the domestic economy, where sectors like retail and hospitality are reliant on what people have in their pockets," he said.
"People need to have a few more bob in their pocket to spend, and this will generate demand and growth," he added.