Violence and sabotage by labour unions were most common in the industrial age. Sabotage and violence are not common today, but they still happen.
Managers need to develop contingency plans to deal with outbreaks of violence should this occur. But first and foremost, careful planning should prevent this from happening.
Today, most union officials and company managers realize that bargaining disagreements should be discussed only at the bargaining table. Discussing these issues with people other than the bargaining teams can cause very real danger to lives and property.
In summary, company management should seek an ironclad commitment from its union leaders to avoid, prevent, and denounce the use and advocacy of violence and/or sabotage. In especially bitter disputes, management should have a plan to protect the lives and property of those involved.
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