Meaning of “work-to-rule” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “work-to-rule” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"work-to-rule" in Business English

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work-to-rulenoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /ˌwɜːktəˈruːl/ us UK US work-to-contract

WORKPLACE a situation in which employees only do as much work as their contracts say they must do, as a way of showing that they are unhappy about pay, conditions, etc., but do not strike (= stop working completely):

On Thursday the airline had to charter 10 aircraft to counter industrial action by its pilots, who are on a work-to-rule.

(Definition of “work-to-rule” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)