Former finance minister Lou Jiwei has spoken out against the controversial “996” work culture in China. Photo: Simon Song
Former finance minister Lou Jiwei has spoken out against the controversial “996” work culture in China. Photo: Simon Song
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China’s Lou Jiwei decries ‘996’ culture of overwork and says ambitious green targets risk economic ‘dangers’

  • Outspoken former finance minister Lou says forcing employees to work excessive overtime not only violates labour law, it also destroys work-life balance and reduces available jobs
  • Comments pre-empted a ruling by the Supreme People’s Court that the controversial and highly demanding schedules commonly seen at internet and tech giants are illegal

Former finance minister Lou Jiwei has spoken out against the controversial “996” work culture in China. Photo: Simon Song
Former finance minister Lou Jiwei has spoken out against the controversial “996” work culture in China. Photo: Simon Song
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