Chinese tech billionaires say people should work 12 hour days, six days a week


(WROC) — Two tech leaders in China are calling on calling on workers to put in more hours.

Jack Ma, the founder of online retailer Alibaba, writes in a social media post that he supports the “996 system.” The system pushes workers to put in 12 hour days, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.

The 996 system was also endorsed by leader Richard Liu, who recently claimed “slackers” were dragging down China’s economy.

The BBC reports that, in reference to his company, Liu said, “[In recent years,] the number of slackers has rapidly grown! If this carries on, JD will have no hope! And the company will only be heartlessly kicked out of the market! Slackers are not my brothers!”

Liu added that, when he started his company, he would set his alarm to wake him up every two hours so he could offer 24-hour customer support.

According to CNN, Ma said it is a “blessing” to work 996 hours. “I personally think that 996 is a huge blessing. How do you achieve the success you want without paying extra effort and time?”

Ma says workers who put in more time will reap the “rewards of hard work.”

Ma, who currently serves as chairman of Alibaba, announced in 2018 he would step down from his post.

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