edule in some companies, including some well-known internet enterprises. Earlier this year, Youzan, an e-commerce compa
ny based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, triggered controversy by introducing the “996” schedule in its annua
l meeting. The move even prompted the labor authorities to conduct an investigation against Youzan.
Workers have been working overtime in many industries for yea
rs. But now, many programmers in internet companies are opposing the “996” schedu
le because the extra work does not come with any compensation or bonus. To reduce the labor cost, many high-tech and int
ernet companies are laying off workers. That means, there are fewer people left to shoulder the extra work. Tha
t’s a reason why the overloaded IT programmers have now burst out with complaints.
Alibaba chairman Jack Ma has said that only by working harder
and longer than others can an employee achieve success in life. He h
as also said that those who want to join Alibaba should be prepared to work for 12-hour work a day. This not only goe
s against the Labor Law but also violates the rights and interests of the employers, and could harm their health.