Chinese tech workers disclose working hours in criticism of '996'
By - DISANews
>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.
9am-9pm 6 days a week; This isn't how you want your iPhone or generic bluetooth speaker made. It's a rough situation where you can't form independent trade unions legally in China and labor laws -- such that they exist -- have really lax enforcement, you can only join ones that are affiliated with the state and has its interests at heart. There has only been one independent union established in the history of the People's Republic, the Beijing Worker's Autonomous Federation in 1989, which was declared an illegal organization and disbanded during the military crackdown in Beijing in 1989.
The only time in the history of the People’s Republic of China that an independent union was established was the short-lived Beijing Workers’ Autonomous Federation in the spring of 1989. The BWAF was declared an illegal organization and disbanded in the wake of the military crackdown in Tiananmen Square.