work to rule

Definitions

Commerce

  • noun
    (written as work-to-rule)
    an act of working strictly according to the rules agreed between the union and management e.g. by not doing any overtime, as a protest

Economics

  • noun
    (written as work-to-rule)
    a period of working strictly according to the rules agreed between the union and management and therefore very slowly, as a protest

Idiom of “work to rule”

work in a very minimal way, pausing for careful, lengthy and frequent reference to the rule-book, usually as a result of an industrial dispute
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