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industrial relations

(used with a plural verb) the dealings or relations of an industrial concern with its employees, with labor in general, with the public, etc.
(used with a singular verb) the administration of such relations, especially to maintain goodwill for an industrial concern.
Origin of industrial relations
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for industrial relations
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  • Moral precepts have not the influence which they ought to have upon our industrial relations.

  • These laws were so amplified as to meet every demand of the domestic, social, civic and industrial relations of the nation.

    The Bible Period by Period Josiah Blake Tidwell
  • When a crisis presents itself in industrial relations, Mr. Hoover, who spreads himself over several departments, attends to it.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • These are a cause of economic antagonism, which has its reflection in industrial relations.

  • It would provide employers with a code of honor in industrial relations.

  • The packing industry was a conspicuous case of the "new course" in industrial relations.

  • But these spasmodic foreign occurrences cannot produce a serious convulsion in our industrial relations.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Hence the term "soulless corporation," which was to exert such a deep influence on American thinking about industrial relations.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • In the personal and industrial relations existing between the dependent worker and the employer and his people (truck-protection).

    The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schffle
  • Mr. Lee is far from infallible in his remedies for factory and industrial relations.

British Dictionary definitions for industrial relations

industrial relations

(functioning as pl) those aspects of collective relations between management and workers' representatives which are normally covered by collective bargaining
(functioning as sing) the management of relations between the employers or managers of an enterprise and their employees
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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industrial relations in Culture

industrial relations definition

Relations between management and labor unions or between management and individual workers. Sometimes called labor relations.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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