Thinking about my dad and his union exploits I'm reminded of one of his sayings which has been more than apt for me this year.
"Give us the tools and we'll do the job."
It can be said when you've got the right tools and you're whistling away as you work.
Or it can be said pleadingly, i.e. "Please give me the right tools or I'm going to go stark raving bonkers!"
Whichever way it's said it's so much more human than the saying "A bad workman always blames his tools."