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Chinese activists 996.ICU blast Tencent and NetEase for intense overtime policies

Chinese activists 996.ICU blast Tencent and NetEase for intense overtime policies

A growing movement in China is challenging games and tech companies for their harsh overtime policies.

The 996.ICU movement is trying to challenge what appears to be a growing trend of companies enforcing “unofficial” workdays of 9 am to 9 pm - a practice that risks employee health and can send workers to an intensive care unit, hence the name 996.ICU.

Chinese law states that employees on this kind of schedule are due 2.275x their standard pay, but activists claim this is rarely enforced properly. An advocacy site lists further breaches in the law broken by 996 schedules.

The movement has set up a GitHub repo to log evidence of working conditions, with a blacklist of companies in violation including Tencent, NetEase and Alibaba among many others.

This article first appeared over on PocketGamer.Biz


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Natalie Clayton is an Edinburgh-based freelance writer and game developer. Besides PCGamesInsider and Pocketgamer.biz, she's written across the games media landscape and was named in the 2018 GamesIndustry.biz 100 Rising Star list.

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