|This year, companies including TikTok owner ByteDance, short video platform Kuaishou and food delivery giant Meituan have cut compulsory weekend overtime. China's top court in August described "996" as illegal. A deliveryman for online food delivery platform Meituan eats his meal on his bike in Beijing, China on Oct 10, 2021. (Photo by= AP/Ng Han Guan)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] SHANGHAI: A campaign calling on workers at Chinese tech companies and other high-profile firms to log their working hours on a public Internet page has gone viral, in the latest backlash against a culture of overtime, Reuters reported.
Organised by four anonymous creators who described themselves as recent graduates, the "Worker Lives Matter" campaign calls on employees at tech firms to enter their company name, position, and working hours in a spreadsheet posted on GitHub. As of Thursday (Oct 14) morning, more than 4,000 people who said they worked at tech giants such as Alibaba Group Holding, Baidu, Tencent Holdings and ByteDance had registered their data. Employees have since also created separate spreadsheets for specific sectors like real estate, finance, and foreign companies.
A majority of the entries on the spreadsheet show that while a five-day week is the norm, many staffers work 10 to 12 hours a day. One of the creators said in a post that they hoped the list would be an effective reference tool for workers when choosing jobs. Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu and ByteDance didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Long work hours are a hot topic for China's tech workers and others among the young, white-collar class. The issue first gained attention in 2019, when tech workers launched a similar online campaign against "996".