The name 996.ICU refers to a saying among Chin

12 Apr

The name 996.ICU refers to a saying among Chin

hinese developers that following the 996 schedule puts you at risk of ending up in an intensive care unit.

In the weeks that followed the creation of 996.ICU in March, the page ha

s accrued almost 200,000 stars-which indicates popularity among users.

Users listed tech companies that use the 996 schedule, and then crea

ted a licensing agreement that would ban such companies from using their codes.

The 996.ICU page was soon blocked on multiple platforms including the messaging tool WeChat and the UC Browser.

The 996 schedule was allegedly first adopted in 2016 by 58.com, a major online classified advertisement site.

Jiang Ying, a professor at China University of Labor Relations

and a leading expert on China’s Labor Law, said the rare protest by sleep-deprived tech f

irm employees underscored the difficulties facing workers who defend their rights.

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