When the Chinese programmers uploaded to GitHub's 996.ICU repo quickly spread on the Internet, the 996 work system attracted worldwide attention.The father of Python pointed out that this is an inhuman act.After the matter has been continuously fermented, the official Chinese media has also issued a voice to warn the "996 work system."
On April 23, Microsoft employees called on the company to resist potential review pressure in an internal mail.
In a petition titled "Microsoft and GitHub Employee Support 996.ICU", Microsoft employees encouraged Microsoft and GitHub, two companies that believe in a balanced work and life, to protect 996.ICU repo from censorship and to ensure that anyone Can be accessed.
These employees said that since the outbreak of this topic, Chinese browsers such as Tencent and Alibaba have restricted users from accessing the 996.ICU repo on GitHub and warned users that the repo contains illegal or malicious content. To do this, they must consider that Microsoft and GitHub will also face pressure to remove the repo.
For other technology practitioners and supporters inside and outside the industry, Microsoft employees also want to join the support of 996.ICU.
As of press time, Microsoft has not yet found an official response to the incident.
Attached to the full text of the petition (translated from GitHub repohttps://github.com/MSWorkers/support.996.ICU):
Chinese technology practitioners are using GitHub to attract attention from all walks of life to the illegal employment practices of many companies in the Chinese technology industry. The GitHub project was named 996.ICU, of which 996 represents the working hours of many Chinese technology companies —— from 9 am to 9 pm, working 6 days a week. The 996.ICU GitHub project description says, “If you work in the 996 mode, then you will have to enter the ICU later”. The project aims to appeal to Chinese technology companies to comply with Chinese labor laws and international labor conventions.
This initiative has received massive support in China. GitHub users have been using the star GitHub repository to represent their support for the project. In a few weeks, the project has already harvested more than 200,000 stars, making it one of the fastest growing projects in the history of GitHub services.
GitHub is the ideal place for the 996.ICU sport. The platform is owned by Microsoft and is a harbor for developers to save, share software projects and collaborate on teams. It provides features similar to social networks. Developers can save or tag other people's projects and participate in discussions through GitHub issues. For the 996.ICU campaign, the most important thing is that GitHub is accessible in China. It is the main platform for developers to collaborate and is an important part of the daily operation of Chinese technology companies. Since the outbreak of this topic, Chinese browsers such as Tencent and Alibaba have begun to restrict users from accessing the 996.ICU repository on Github and warned users that the repository contains illegal or malicious content. We must consider that Microsoft and GitHub will also face pressure to remove the repository.
In response to possible risks, we, as employees of Microsoft and GitHub, decided to stand on the united front with Chinese technology practitioners to support the 996.ICU campaign. We know that this is a question that transcends national borders. The same problem also permeates the full-time and temporary work of Microsoft and the industry as a whole. Another reason why we must stand in line with Chinese technology practitioners is that history tells us that multinational companies will outsource their work, use unsound labor standards to maximize profits, and force workers to compete. Compete with each other. We must cross national borders and work together to ensure that everyone in the world has access to fair working conditions.
We encourage Microsoft, a company that firmly believes in a work-life balance, and do not, under any circumstances, revise the 996.ICU repository and keep it visible to everyone. We will do our best to continue to support the 996.ICU campaign and effectively use the GitHub platform to speak for Chinese science and technology workers and spread their stories.
For other technology practitioners and supporters inside and outside the industry, we kindly ask you to join our support for the 996.ICU campaign.