work to rule


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work to rule

n.
A job action in which employees do no more than the minimum required by the rules of a workplace in order to cause a slowdown.

work′-to-rule′ adj.
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Noun1.work to rule - a job action in which workers cause a slowdown by doing only the minimum amount required by the rules of the workplace
job action - a temporary action by workers to protest management decision or to make demands
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Unison was also planning four weeks of work to rule action between the two strikes.
The current work to rule finishes on 18 January 2015.
Further one-hour stoppages are planned, as well as a work to rule and an overtime ban as workers seek a three per cent pay rise.
The ports strike is expected to be especially damaging, since actual port workers -- not those working in offices and other related areas -- have been on a work to rule since February 15.
The work to rule action resulted in household bin collections being up to a week behind and Friday's strike left bins in the city centre overflowing with rubbish.
The union, which rejected a last-minute pay and productivity offer by British Rail on Saturday, began its work to rule and ban on overtime at midnight.
Rail, Maritime and Transport union members will work to rule, with an overtime ban, from opening day Friday until August 12.
God give me strength to think about these things without getting a bottle of tablets to end it all, and God go with these people who work to rule without having any concern.
The Central Railway Motormen Association has already announced its support to Hazare's agitation and threatened that the motormen's body will resort to work to rule agitation if there is any mistreatment of the anti-corruption crusader by the government or undemocratic methods are used to deal with the fasting leader.
The staff at Hewlett Packard (HP), based at the Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside, are planning to work to rule next Thursday, with a full walk-out on Friday.
The disruption from the work to rule in the CRB could be made worse if members back a programme of national pay strikes later this week.
Thousands of magistrates court staff in England and Wales have started a work to rule which union leaders warned could lead to sittings being cancelled.