Jack Ma attends the 2018 Rural Teacher Awards launched by the Jack Ma Foundation in Sanya city, south China's Hainan province, 13 January 2019. Photo Imaginechina

Alibaba’s Jack Ma defends China’s 996 schedule as tech workers protest against long working hours

  • There has been growing resentment among many young Chinese tech workers who feel the need to strike a better work-life balance for the sake of their health
Topic |   Alibaba

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Jack Ma attends the 2018 Rural Teacher Awards launched by the Jack Ma Foundation in Sanya city, south China's Hainan province, 13 January 2019. Photo Imaginechina
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Billionaire Jack Ma has again weighed in on the Chinese tech industry’s gruelling overtime work culture. Photo: Xinhua

Alibaba founder Jack Ma says companies forcing staff to work overtime are ‘foolish’

  • Billionaire makes remarks in social media post after earlier comments that long hours could be a ‘huge blessing’ for young workers
  • He also calls enforced 996 schedule – working 9am to 9pm, six days a week – ‘inhumane’ and ‘unsustainable’
Topic |   China technology

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Billionaire Jack Ma has again weighed in on the Chinese tech industry’s gruelling overtime work culture. Photo: Xinhua
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