It seems to be getting worse there. Management lies, people are angry. The young pups are so daft they seem to believe that a person with 25 years of practical experience will be easy to replace.
I've heard of this happening in other places; an incompetent, power-mad manager is brought in and gets rid of the hard-working, respected employee who knows what he's doing. Is it jealousy? A vain display of impotent power? Nothing good will come of it.