Chinese tech employees are pushing back against the industry’s notoriously long hours, known as the “996” schedule of working from 9am to 9pm, six days a week.
The discussion gained momentum, as users added to a blacklist of more than 150 companies that push their staff to work excessive hours, posting evidence of unpaid, often compulsory or heavily encouraged overtime.
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Users have uploaded screenshots of conversations where employers ask them to work late in the evening.
Each company listed is given a number for the type of hours they tend to push, in some cases beyond the 996 work schedule.
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The debate has spread across Chinese social media, where many users have criticised the tech industry’s work culture as “inhumane”. »