What does “996 (jiǔ jiǔ liù)” mean in Chinese?

This is a very interesting question. As a popular superpower, China is currently developing rapidly. The imperfect systems brought about by development have led to the emergence of “996”.

“996” is a widely discussed term in Chinese work culture that refers to a working time pattern that typically means working 9 hours a day, 6 days a week, for a total of 54 hours a week. This means a working day from 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week with only one day off.

Ironically, China’s labor laws stipulate that normal working hours are 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and any work beyond these hours should be considered overtime and require additional wages. But so far, no company has been punished for implementing the “996” work system without overtime pay.

Some domestic scholars said that this situation is a pain caused by the country’s development and will gradually improve as the country develops. Maybe he’s right. However, as a working people at the bottom, I just want to say “fuck you” to the capitalists.

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