Susan O’Keeffe: McGrath can follow KFC’s lead as he approaches crunch talks on a wing and a prayer

The Public Expenditure Minister will have to be creative when he steps into the Work Relations Commission to negotiate pay rises for the public sector

‘Michael McGrath and his cabinet colleagues know too well that this is a crucial negotiation. They are acutely aware that pay isn’t the only issue on the table’

The KFC fast food giant swapping burger lettuce for cabbage in Australia may seem irrelevant to the forthcoming public service pay agreement talks in Ireland. But there’s a lot to be learned from this unusual green-leaf replacement decision.

Food giants, like other retailers, pass their rising costs to their consumers – until they can’t. They have an intimate grasp of the price point that their faithful buyers can tolerate; their daily bottom line soon tells ...