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In many companies in China, tech workers are required to work from 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. This overwork culture leads to some workers ending up in the hospital, in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 996.ICU is a movement set up in March 2019 to signal the growing discontent about this system. The project page on GitHub, the world’s most popular open-source code-sharing website, lists the tech companies that do and do not use a 996 work schedule. It also enables software programmers to implement the anti-996 license in their code. This means that any company using the software has to comply with a 955 work schedule and pay their employees for overtime.


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