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noun
(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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Origin of industrial relations

First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for industrial relations

industrial relations

noun
(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

industrial relations

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

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