industrial relations

plural noun

Definition of industrial relations

: the dealings or relationships of a usually large business or industrial enterprise with its own workers, with labor in general, with governmental agencies, or with the public

Examples of industrial relations in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The industrial relations code, one of the three legislations passed in the upper house, also makes it near impossible for workers to strike. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India’s new labour bills have huge ramifications for how workers can be hired and fired," 28 Sep. 2020 Schreiner went on to work in human resources, then head personnel director and then director of industrial relations for a combustion engineering company. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "His dad was Knute Rockne's last equipment manager, he left letters from Notre Dame coach," 23 Sep. 2020 The new bills include the industrial relations code that will allow companies with as many as 300 workers to fire them without seeking prior government approval, a three-fold jump from the current threshold. Bibhudatta Pradhan,, "India’s Lower House of Parliament Passes Key Labor Reform Bills," 22 Sep. 2020 For nearly three decades, reference librarian Georgianna Herman was a prime resource for graduate students in industrial relations at the University of Minnesota. Randy Furst, Star Tribune, "Georgie Herman, a beloved University of Minnesota librarian, dies of COVID-19 at 88," 7 Sep. 2020 Weber earned his bachelor’s degree in 1950 in economics from the University of Illinois, then a master’s degree there in industrial relations. Sydney Czyzon,, "Former Northwestern University President Arnold Weber remembered for ‘brilliant leadership’," 28 Aug. 2020 The protests galvanized public opinion against the strikers in a moment considered a turning point in Italian industrial relations and for Fiat’s profits. Washington Post, "Cesare Romiti, who steered Fiat through strikes and domestic terrorism, dies at 97," 19 Aug. 2020 Recent studies have found that employee representation has a positive impact on capital formation in large German corporations and that industrial relations between management and employees are stronger with worker-board representation in place. Lenore Palladino For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Hourly employees should be represented on Walmart's board of directors," 2 June 2020 But no single agency regulates farmworker housing, and the bunk issue has not arisen on a statewide level, according to state labor, housing and industrial relations officials. oregonlive, "Farmworker housing is a critical issue for agriculture in coronavirus era," 11 May 2020

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1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Industrial relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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: the ways in which businesses relate to and deal with workers, the government, and the public

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