........................Of course, we all know that the endgame came in 1987/88 with TV-am. Bruce Gyngell was, frankly, up for a fight and once again management put out the service. Even though the results were questionable, again the station was able to continue earning advertising revenue. The author of the book
clearly detests Gyngell, but you can't argue he was the man who finally crushed the unions into irrelevancy.
I've got to take issue with your final comment that the unions were crushed into irrelevancy.
BECTU is still working for the members in the industry, and has been since the TV-am dispute.
What has changed is that strikes are far less common, but there are still negociations going on, and the number of personal cases being looked after has not changed much.
It's all lower profile, but keeps both staff and management working together when they may not otherwise.
Inspector Sands, DE88 and UKnews gave kudos