(previously the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA)

The International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) was established in 1966 in response to a growing need to develop and exchange knowledge in the field of industrial relations, at the international level, and provide the academic and the practitioner with a forum for discussion and research. Its founding members were the British Universities Industrial Relations Association, the Industrial Relations Research Association (USA), the International Institute for Labour Studies (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Japan Institute of Labour. In 2010 it was decided to change its name to International Labour and Employment Relations Association, Ilera.

The general purpose of the Ilera is to promote the study of industrial relations throughout the world in the relevant academic disciplines, by such means as:

  • encouraging the establishment and development of national associations of industrial relations specialists;
  • facilitating the spread of information about significant developments in research and education in the field of industrial relations;
  • organising worldwide and regional Congresses and publishing their proceedings; and
  • promoting internationally planned research, by such means as organising study groups on particular topics.
  • The Association has over 1,000 members worldwide including prominent industrial relations scholars and practitioners. Subjects such as globalization,
  • new technology, gender, HIV/AIDS, employee involvement, occupational safety and health, industrial relations, labour law, human resource management, international labour standards, social dialogue, labour administration, informal economy, and many other topics are largely discussed during its congresses.

The aim of the Ilera is of a purely scientific character, without regard to political, philosophic or religious considerations. The Association does not endorse opinions on policy questions.

The Association is located in the Industrial and Employment Relations Department of the International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland.