Work-to-rule: a guide
Taking industrial action without losing pay by following your work's rules so strictly that nothing gets done
Date Written:  2006-11-11
Year Published:  2006
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16352

Instead of striking, workers with demands that the bosses are unwilling to meet can collectively decide to start a "work-to-rule". Almost every job is covered by a maze of rules, regulations, standing orders, and so on, many of them completely unworkable and generally ignored. Workers often violate orders, resort to their own techniques of doing things, and disregard lines of authority simply to meet the goals of the company. There is often a tacit understanding, even by the managers whose job it is to enforce the rules, that these shortcuts must be taken in order to meet targets on time.

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