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【Top 10 CSR Events in China】No.3 996 work schedule arouses heated discussion on employees’ rights and interests and development


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NO.3 996 work schedule arouses heated discussion on employees’ rights and interests and development

On March 27, a group of IT practitioners in GitHub website initiated a 996.ICU initiative (996 work schedule, which refers to employees working from 9 am to 9 pm six days a week) to boycott the 996 work schedule in internet companies, which aroused heated discussion in the society.

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More than 100 years ago, the workers on the assembly line fought for the eight-hour work system, but there are still problems in today’s implementation. The discussions triggered by the 996 work schedule reflect different perspectives: advocating endeavor or forced labor, which highlights the new challenges on the protection of workers' rights and interests in the new economic era. And it becomes more urgent for employers to re-recognize the labor relationship and build a new type. It is not easy to balance work and life. The working hours is not the necessary condition for high efficiency, but open communication, effective innovation, and improved organizational method, process and culture matter.

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