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·         Alibaba Records Slowest Ever Singles Day Shopping Festival Sales Growth — Report

 

 

China’s burned-out tech workers are fighting back against long hours

A viral online project helped expose the punishing 996 work schedule—and shows how hard it is to make progress against it.

 

by Siyuan Meng, MIT Technology Review

November 15, 2021

 

The draining 996 work schedule—named for the expectation that employees work 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week—has persisted in Chinese companies for years despite ongoing public outcry. Even Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma once called it a “huge blessing.”

 

In early October this year, it seemed the tide might have been turning. After hopeful signs of increased government scrutiny in August, four aspiring tech workers initiated a social media project designed to expose the problem with the nation’s working culture. A publicly editable database of company practices, it soon went viral, revealing working conditions at many companies in the tech sector and helping bring 996 to the center of the public’s attention. It managed to garner 1 million views within its first week. 

 

But the project—first dubbed Worker Lives Matter and then Working Time—was gone almost as quickly as it appeared. The database and the GitHub repository page have been deleted, and online discussions about the work have been censored by Chinese social networking platforms. 

 

The short life of Working Time highlights how difficult it is to make progress against overtime practices that, while technically illegal in China, are still thriving. But some suspect it won’t be the last anonymous project to take on 996. “I believe there will be more and more attempts and initiatives like this,” says programmer Suji Yan, who has worked on another anti-996 project. With better approaches to avoiding censorship, he says, they could bring even more attention to the problem.

 

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https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/11/15/1039650/china-tech-workers-996-fight-back/

 

 

Alibaba Records Slowest Ever Singles Day Shopping Festival Sales Growth — Report

 

Richika Biyani, TipRanks

Nasdaq - Nov 15, 2021

 

According to a report published by Business Insider, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) recorded orders worth $84.54 billion during Singles Day, the 11-day shopping festival in China. The figure reflects an 8.45% year-over-year increase, the lowest in the event's history.

 

Based out of the Chinese city of Hangzhou, Alibaba operates online and mobile marketplaces in retail and wholesale trade. It provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer, and business-to-business sales services through web portals. The company also offers electronic payment services, shopping search engines and cloud computing services.

 

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https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/alibaba-records-slowest-ever-singles-day-shopping-festival-sales-growth-report-2021-11-15