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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:19 PM

Alibaba founder Jack Ma endorses China's controversial 12 hours a day, 6 days a week work culture

Source: CNN

Jack Ma endorses China's controversial 12 hours a day, 6 days a week work culture

By Serenitie Wang and Daniel Shane, CNN Business
Updated 1229 GMT (2029 HKT) April 15, 2019

Hong Kong (CNN Business) One of China's richest men has been criticized for endorsing the controversial culture of 12-hour workdays in the country's red-hot tech industry, saying employees who worked longer hours will get the "rewards of hard work."

Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA), has spoken out on social media in recent days in support of the Chinese work practice known as "996." The number refers to working from 9 am to 9 pm six days a week and is said to be common among the country's big technology companies and start-ups.

"If we find things we like, 996 is not a problem," Ma said in a blog post Sunday on Chinese social media site Weibo. "If you don't like (your work), every minute is torture," he added.

Ma's comments prompted criticism from Chinese social media users.

"Did you ever think about the elderly at home who need care, (or) the children who need company?" wrote a Weibo user with the online moniker stupidcan123, in response to Ma's post. "If all enterprises enforce a 996 schedule, no one will have children" becaues of a lack of time, they added.

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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:29 PM

1. too bad the people who benefit most will share it least with the actual workers nt

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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:29 PM

2. I wonder how long the cardiologists will have to work to keep up. nt

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