Cool heads needed to avert workplace chaos
After seven years of wage restraint and increased taxation, the clamour for pay rises is reaching a crescendo in many workplaces around the country.
The electorate clearly did not buy into the various political promises regarding tax cuts during the General Election campaign. Instead, it would appear the prevailing view is that the most likely way of increasing take-home pay is through hikes in wages.
Expectations have been fuelled by signs of economic recovery in some parts of the country and economy. Siptu general president Jack O'Connor says he expects unions to demand pay increases averaging between 3pc and 5pc this year.