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work-to-rule (not comparable)

  1. 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.
    • 2008, "EL doctors threaten ‘work to rule’ action," Dispatch Online (South Africa), 11 Jun. (retrieved 26 June 2008),
      Disgruntled by chronic staff shortages, doctors threatened a “work-to-rule” action at the East London Hospital Complex by the end of this week.


work-to-rule (plural work-to-rules)

  1. Such a labor protest.

Usage notes[edit]

  • A work-to-rule job action is a less severe form of labor protest than a strike, in which employees refuse to do any work.