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Meaning and definitions of industrial relations
The relationship between the employers and employees and trade unions is called Industrial Relations. Harmonious relationship is necessary for both the employers and employees to safeguard the interests of both the parties of production.


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To maintain good relationship with the employees is the main function of every organization so as to ensure industrial peace and higher production. Personnel management is mainly concerned with the human relations in the industry because the main theme of personnel management is to get the work done by the human power and it fails in its objectives if good industrial Revelations are not maintained. In other words, good industrial relations means industrial peace which is necessary for better and higher production.

Definitions: Industrial relations have been defined by some of the thinkers a follows:-

1. “Industrial relations and personnel management are almost synonymous term with the only difference the former places emphasis on the aspect of employer relationship rather than on the executive policies and activities that are set up to foster good relations.”                                         - E.F.L. Brec

2. “
Industrial relations is that part of management which is concerned with the man power of the enterprise- whether machine operator, skilled worker or manager”. - Bethel, Smith & other

3. '
Industrial relationship is the composite result of the attitudes and approaches the employers and employees towards each other with regard to planning, supervision, direction and co-ordination of the activities of an organization with a minimum of human efforts and friction, with an animating sprite of co-operation and with proper regard for the genuine well-being of all the members of the organization.”
                                                           -Tead and Matcal

It is clear from the analysis of the above definitions that employment relations are generally called industrial relations. It is a relationship between employer and employees employer and employee and trade unions and employees.

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