Sometimes the term "rule-book slowdown" is used in a slightly different sense than "work-to-rule": the former involves applying to the letter rules that are normally set aside or interpreted less literally to increase efficiency; the latter, refraining from activities which are customary but not required by rule or job description. But the terms may be used synonymously.
Sometimes work-to-rule can be considered malicious compliance by employers as they pursue legal action.
In some languages (e.g. Russian) it is known as "Italian strike", as it is believed that it was first utilized in Italy in the 1904. In Italy, it is known as "sciopero bianco" or "white strike".
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