A cautionary tale from disciple Colin - a manager from Wales - which is frankly just depressing.
We all know that UK plc has moved on a great deal from the union-dominated industrial relations nightmare that was the 1970s. Don't we? Well consider this.
Last Friday, the senior shop steward (SS) on the site informed me that his membership had passed a vote of 'no confidence' in one of the union reps.
"What was his failing?" I asked.
"He has been seen drinking with two managers in his local," I was told.
So I reminded the SS that I had bought him a pint at a rugby match.
"Oh, no," he said. "That's different, that was just a one-off. He is drinking with them regularly!"
Clearly they are not aware of the old adage: keep your friends close and your unions closer.