Work-to-rule meaning

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.
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(idiomatic) To work slowly by strictly following all work rules, usually in a work-to-rule job action, as part of unionized labor protest.
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Job action consisting of working to rule.
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Of or pertaining to a labor protest in which employees do only the minimum work required by the rules of a workplace, following safety or other regulations to the letter in order to cause a slowdown.
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Such a labor protest.
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