- (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
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- (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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