In the 80’s trade unions were strong and managers complained about not being allowed to manage. The response was organisations get the trade union they deserve. Meaning if you treat staff in a dismissive and autocratic way, and make decisions in secret then you can expect the trade union to be distrusting, suspicious and confrontational. The equivalent of this in 2019 is emphasis on budget management at the expense of people management as a result you get institutional harassment, for instance in the way a restructuring or management downsizing is imposed and the unsympathetic application of the organisation absence policy.
Blair Mcpherson former Director , author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk