‘Not going to fly’: Business groups react to Ictu’s call for private sector wage hikes

The head of the lobby group said that proposed pay hikes of between 4 and 6 per cent were unnecessary considering the strength of the jobs market and wage growth

Unions negotiating on behalf of workers in the private sector should seek to secure pay rises of between 4 and 6 per cent this year, according to Ictu. Picture: Getty

Business groups have hit out at an appeal to private sectors unions to secure a pay rise of four to six per cent for their workers, defending the wages already on offer and pointing to the challenging market conditions facing small firms.

Ian Talbot, chief executive of Chambers Ireland, which represents business interests, said the proposed pay hikes - sought by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) over the next year - were not ...