I once heard about a strike in british railways. The workers decided to follow strictly the law regulations and that created chaos and that's how they proved the law was wrong.

I can't find any information about it now. Anyone knows any dates or resources? Maybe I remember it wrong and it wasn't in Great Britain?

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The kind of strike you are talking about is called work-to-rule, and is not limited to any single action in one country. Here's an article about a British teacher's union using the tactic in 2012.

I first heard about it being used by aussies, but its Wikipedia entry implies (without any backup that I can see) that it is known to be a favored tactic in Italy.

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    Exactly, UCU academic union is implementing work-to-rule right now here in UK (Nov 2013) following the one day strike last week and this is a very common tactic.
    – kmlawson
    Nov 6, 2013 at 21:35

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