work to rule


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work to rule

A situation in which employees work only as much as has been agreed upon and no more, typically as a bargaining strategy (by unions). Instead of going on strike and stopping their work altogether, workers keep a more limited schedule than usual (i.e., no overtime), in order to slow down productivity. A: "The boss wants me to work some overtime tonight, but I can't, right?" B: "No. Because we're in a work to rule, you can only work your normal eight hours."
See also: rule, work

work to rule

(especially as a form of industrial action) follow official working regulations exactly in order to reduce output and efficiency. chiefly British
See also: rule, work
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Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry general secretary Marios Tsiakkis and Cyprus Shipping Association general manager Lefteris Kouzapas estimated that shipping companies and import-export companies have suffered heavy losses already since the work to rule began.
One Coventry bobby said work to rule was being discussed, but any such action was a long way in the future.
This is not the point of work to rule, nor is it safe.
Under work to rule and an overtime ban, strict rules are enforced and if the job is not completed by the end of the shift, the bins are left and a backlog could build up.
Following Wednesday's 24-hour strike, which included air traffic controllers (ATCs), a sudden work to rule yesterday caused further numerous delays to Cyprus Airways (CY) flights.
With the work to rule, the aim is not to affect the public - it is more to cause the BBC headaches.
Work to rule action was originally planned for yesterday, but it was suspended after the company's management agreed to hold talks.
STAFF at the Criminal Records Bureau started a work to rule today which union officials warned could double the time it takes for prospective teachers, nurses and foster parents to obtain clearance to work with children.
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association at Arriva Trains Wales could ban overtime and work to rule from the end of the month if they back action.
All three unions - Unison, the T&G and GMB/Apex - are on an indefinite work to rule and Unison and the T&G are planning more industrial action.
The Transport & GeneralWorkers Union has agreed to hold back on the planned work to rule for seven days.
Work to rule means that the pilots will refuse to work on scheduled days off.
A work to rule will be the only way to get management and government to wake up to what it is really like on the ground in the NHS and change their ways.
SOME Birmingham familiess may not have rubbish bags collected for up to a month because of the city binmen's work to rule.
What the Civil Service needs is a work to rule and an overtime ban.