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Insane! Alibaba Boss, Jack Ma, Sentences His Workers to 12-Hour Work Days, 6 Days a Week!

“To be able to work 996 is a big blessing. If you want to join Alibaba, you must be ready to work 12 hours a day. Otherwise, why even bother joining the company in the first place?”

A number of major industries in China, such as Jack Ma‘s billion dollar company Alibaba, have implemented a new working system which has coined the term “996”. With accordance to this system, employees must now work from 9 am to 9 pm and this is carried out for 6 working days a week.

It is no surprise that the “996” system has sparked controversies and international protest. Due to the pattern of work, the “996” is considered inhumane and strips employees of their rights to their leisure hours.

Jack Ma’s Views and How This Will Affect the Future for Alibaba Workers

Jack Ma (R), founder and chairman of Alibaba Group, and President Donald Trump met at Trump Tower on January 9, 2017
Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Alibaba Group, and President Donald Trump met at Trump Tower on January 9, 2017

In response to the outcry, the founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, also spoke up about the working system. Crazily enough, the Alibaba chairman showed his support for the “996” and even went as far as to promote it.

According to Jack Ma on Alibaba’s official Weibo and WeChat accounts, workers who want to stay on Alibaba must work 12 hours a week. If not, they should not expect their future in working for the company.

“To be able to work 996 is a big blessing. If you want to join Alibaba, you must be ready to work 12 hours a day. Otherwise, why even bother joining the company in the first place,” announced the richest man in China.

The Alibaba Co-founder’s Personal Experience and His High Expectations for Alibaba Employees

Jack Ma also added that Alibaba does not see the need to hire people who want to work for 8 hours.

Jack Ma defended his stance, reflecting on his own hardships in building Alibaba into the 463 billion dollar-worth empire it is now today. According to Ma, that kind of work pattern is responsible for establishing Chinese technology giants such as Tencent and Alibaba. He also hoped his employees would follow in his footsteps by working equally as hard.

“Many companies and workers don’t have any opportunities to work following 996. If you don’t work 996 during your youth, when can you?” he continued.

“In this world, everyone wants to be successful, live a decent and respected life. Now I ask, if you don’t work harder than others, how will you achieve the success you want?” ends Ma.

Concerns of the Public due to Jack Ma’s Statement

The working pattern of 996 itself is now being frowned upon by workers in China and all around the world. It is even accused of violating the Chinese Labour Law, which bans average working hours to exceed 40 hours per week. The Chinese tech industry is said to be littered with stories of employees dying out of nowhere due to long hours and intense stress.


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