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Tech employees publicly protest overtime

Employees of Chinese tech companies and freelance programmers are rallying on the Internet against excessive overtime in the industry. The “Worker Lives Matter” campaign calls on tech employees and others to publicly record their working hours. A spreadsheet on the platform GitHub received a lot of attention on Thursday and was shared on social media. According to GitHub, around 4,000 employees at Chinese tech giants such as Alibaba, Baidu, ByteDance, and Tencent recorded their working hours. Much of the entries in the spreadsheet show that while a five-day week is the norm, many employees actually work ten to twelve hours a day.

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