What is ‘996 Work Culture’? Due to which the employees of China are full of anger, the campaign started. What is 996 Work Culture which Chinese employees started the Worker Lives Matter campaign

What is '996 Work Culture'?

What is ‘996 Work Culture’?

Even before this, there have been reports of exploitation of employees by private companies from China many times. The companies there make their employees work for 12-12 hours, while only one holiday is given in a week. The ‘996 Work Culture’ is the anger of the employees who came to the fore regarding this exploitation. An online campaign called ‘Worker Lives Matter’ is being run in China against ‘996’.

Ruckus in China over '996'

Ruckus in China over ‘996’

Indeed, the work period in China is called ‘996’ because employees often work 6-days a week from 9 am to 9 pm. In the campaign started against this, employees are sharing their working time on a spreadsheet online. The locator of ‘996’ office culture has been a controversy in China for years. Employees in private companies have to work 72 hours a week, which is inhuman.

8 hour working law in china

8 hour working law in china

Although the Chinese government has also warned private companies many times, even today employees are being exploited. Last day, a report came out from China in which it was said that laborers are being made to work for hours in the name of overtime. Like in India, according to the labor laws in China, there is a provision to work for 8 hours in a day, under this law any company can get its employees to work for a maximum of 44 hours in a week.

Suicide and death figures rise

Suicide and death figures rise

Work duration plays an important role in the life of any employee. A toxic office culture can harm the development and mental state of any human being. According to a Harvard Business School study, nearly half of the employees in China are working in an unwanted office culture. According to the report of The Hong Kong Post, due to ‘996’, the number of suicides and deaths of workers in China is increasing.

Survey started in the name of '996.ICU'

Survey started in the name of ‘996.ICU’

Citing media reports from early 2019, the post said that an activist group had started a survey on GitHub called ‘996.ICU’. In this, a list of 996 work culture against ‘unfair overtime and blacklisted enterprises’ was prepared. These companies were accused of making employees work for 12 hours. Li Chuang, 31, quit his job two years ago because of ‘996’.

work is done like a machine

work is done like a machine

After leaving Job, Li Chuang became a monk on Mount Wudang, although Job never dared to return to his hometown, now runs his own small shop. In an interview, Chuang said, ‘After working like a machine for so long, I gave up.’ Chuang is now inspiring others as well. Now it remains to be seen whether the ‘Worker Lives Matter’ campaign will bring any change in China this time.