(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.
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How to use industrial relations in a sentence
The packing industry was a conspicuous case of the "new course" in industrial relations.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States | Selig Perlman
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
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 industrial relations, as in the relations between business and the community, he believed in the square deal.Theodore Roosevelt and His Times | Harold Howland
In its industrial relations the province also offers a highly edifying example.The German Emperor as Shown in his Public Utterances | Christian Gauss
British Dictionary definitions for industrial relations
(functioning as plural) those aspects of collective relations between management and workers' representatives which are normally covered by collective bargaining
(functioning as singular) the management of relations between the employers or managers of an enterprise and their employees
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Cultural definitions for industrial relations
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