Bad move. Your company was clearing salary structure so that next year they could sign you to a tastee bonus and a new and improved salary. Demanding the increase this year when your company is temporarily financially strapped is bad planning.I just called all of my company's clients and complained to them how underpaid I am. I've also emailed these complaints to all the local news stations and papers. The gosip ladies that work at the grocery store are already passing the word on to all their shoppers.
This is the professional way to handle things. Any minute now the president will call me in his office, which should be my office since I'm so damn important around here, and give me the cash I deserve!