ca'canny

ca'canny

(ˌkɔːˈkænɪ)
n
1. moderation or wariness
2.
a. a policy of restricting the output of work; go-slow
b. (as modifier): a ca'canny policy.
[C19: literally, call canny to drive gently]
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Nicknamed Ca'Canny by dock workers for his negotiation skills with employers, he led long and bitter strikes in Glasgow and Liverpool before settling here Luke, 33, who lives in Wallasey with his partner and daughter and is the Unite representative for his workplace, said his work at Flaybrick has always been much more than just a job.
'Syndicalism', we are told, 'favours a change in society, not through parliamentary means or a political revolution which would merely change one government for another, but by the direct economic action of the workers, expressed in methods of boycott, sabotage, ca'canny, the strike, and above all the general strike, and aiming at the true revolution and the abolition of property and the state'.
(18.) Arthur Marsh (1979: 37) offers a litany of names for restricting output: 'ca'canny, go-slow, slow-gear strikes, lazy strike, folded arms strike, stay-in strike, working without enthusiasm, restrictive practices, protective practices, craft control, quota restriction, gold bricking'.