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Microsoft workers join China’s debate over grueling workweek

/ 04:47 PM April 23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — Tech workers in China protesting a corporate culture of grueling work schedules are getting some support from their U.S. peers.

A fast-growing campaign started by Chinese software developers on the code-sharing platform GitHub has contributed to a public debate over work-life balance in China’s tech industry.

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It’s known as 996.ICU, referring to expectations that young people work 12-hour days, six days a week if they want financial success — and the idea that following such an illegal workweek can land them in an intensive care unit.

A group of tech workers at Microsoft, which owns GitHub, distributed an open letter Monday that urges the company to protect the widely shared GitHub page from censorship.

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It follows reports that some Chinese domestic web browsers have restricted access to the page.

TOPICS: labor, Microsoft, technology
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