The President of SIPTU has said he does not want to see people take to the streets in protest over public sector pay cuts.
Jack O'Connor was speaking following the collapse in negotiations between unions and Government after agreement could'nt be reached on how to cut €1.3bn from the public sector pay bill.
A meeting of the public services committee of ICTU is scheduled to take place later today, at which decisions will be taken on how to proceed.
Mr O'Connor said strike action is only likely if workers are treated unfairly.
Mr O'Connor said: "I dont want to see people on the streets - I want to see agreement, an agreement that is fair.
But I think that if it's just about kicking workers around the place, regardless of where they work, and kicking those most dependent on welfare around the place, while the people who have most in our society get away more or less scott free, then I think we are into a very bad situation in Ireland and the trade unions will have to step up to the mark in terms of confronting that."