What Is an Industrial Dispute?

An industrial dispute is a conflict between an employer and its employees. Such disputes can occur for any reason and may result in strikes, picketing and other forms of protest.

Industrial disputes are generally considered detrimental to both employers and employees. The disputes can incite workers to strike or otherwise cease working until the demanded conditions are met. Workers may also picket outside the business in an attempt to encourage customers from supporting the business. Such activity puts a strain on the business and prevents both the workers and employers from making money. In the United States, many strikes are led by workers' unions who advocate fair treatment and working conditions for their members.