So, the unions are getting militant and pushing for a minimum 5% pay rise. It's about bloody time. Over the past few years, the economy has boomed while wages have remained stagnant. How stagnant? Over the past five years the economy has grown by 20%, but wages have only increased by half that. The difference is reflected in soaring corporate profits, and consequently higher corporate tax receipts. And while wages are keeping pace with inflation in the long-term, there has been no compensation for increased productivity. Instead, the fruits of all of us working harder and smarter have been taken as profit by capitalists. To get an idea of how much has been taken, in the early 90's, wages and salaries were 55% of gross national income. Now that proportion has been reduced to 50%. The difference - 5% of everything we produce - now goes to business-owners. It's time workers took that 5% back. And if it can't be done now, in a time when unemployment is at a twenty-year low and businesses are screaming out for workers, then when?