A systematic attempt by governments and employers to reduce the influence of trade unions and deny them access to decision-making processes, either within the political system or within the employing enterprise. The term was first coined to describe the stance towards unions adopted by the UK Conservative governments of the 1980s, which systematically excluded unions from influence over government policymaking and disbanded a number of tripartite bodies (e.g. the National Economic Development Council) on which unions had representation. More recently, the term has been used to describe the policies of employers and embraces attempts by the latter to derecognize unions or minimize their role within the firm.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.