Industrial relations practice, as opined by Marx and Web is the concern of industrial harmony between management and employees. Whiles Marx argues for the place of industrial antagonism, web submits for the place of dialogue. As well, other areas of concern in industrial relations practice have been that of dimensions and measures involving that of voice, equity state corporatism, effectiveness, collective bargaining etc. Each of these mechanisms, for one, is to enhance industrial harmony especially on the area of corporate social responsibility. The paper then posits that here is yet another aspect of industrial relations practice that is capable of empowering a host community. A comparative study then was carried out on the respondents view of social responsibility and the workshift system. Linkert means statistics was used to arrive at the value of acceptance of the workshift system over corporate social responsibility. Inferred conclusion was that there was a high level of acceptance of the workshift system on the scale of 3:56 and 4.04 and upon this the paper recommends the need for the state to speedily adopt this newer approach in industrial relations practice.

Key Words: industrial relations, workshift, local economy.

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