Microsoft and GitHub Workers Support 996.ICU
Tech workers in China started a GitHub repository titled 996.ICU, a reference to the grueling and illegal working hours of many tech companies in China - from 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. "By following the '996' work schedule, you are risking yourself getting into the ICU (Intensive Care Unit)," says the 996.ICU GitHub project description. The project calls for Chinese tech companies to obey the labor laws in China and the international labor convention.
中国的技术从业者正在利用GitHub吸引社会各界对中国科技行业中许多公司非法用工行为的关注。该GitHub项目被命名为为996.ICU，其中996代表了中国许多科技公司的工作时间——从上午9点到晚上9点，每周工作6天。996.ICU GitHub项目描述称，“如果按照 996 的模式工作，那（你）以后就得进 ICU 了”。该项目旨在呼吁中国的科技公司遵守中国劳动法和国际劳工公约。
This initiative has garnered massive support within China. GitHub users have been starring the repository as a way of showing their support. In the span of a few weeks, the project has been starred over 200,000 times, making it one of the fastest growing GitHub repositories in the service's history.
The code-sharing platform GitHub, owned by Microsoft, is a place for developers to save, share, and collaborate on software projects. Most important for the 996.ICU movement is that GitHub is accessible in China. It is the dominant platform for developers to collaborate and is a crucial part of Chinese tech companies' daily operations. Since going viral, Chinese domestic browsers, such as those by Tencent and Alibaba, have restricted access to the 996.ICU repository on their web browsers, warning users that the repository contains illegal or malicious content. We must entertain the possibility that Microsoft and GitHub will be pressured to remove the repository as well.
In response to these events, we, the workers of Microsoft and GitHub, support the 996.ICU movement and stand in solidarity with tech workers in China. We know this is a problem that crosses national borders. These same issues permeate across full time and contingent jobs at Microsoft and the industry as a whole. Another reason we must take a stand in solidarity with Chinese workers is that history tells us that multinational companies will pit workers against each other in a race to the bottom as they outsource jobs and take advantage of weak labor standards in the pursuit of profit. We have to come together across national boundaries to ensure just working conditions for everyone around the globe.
We encourage Microsoft and GitHub to keep the 996.ICU GitHub repository uncensored and available to everyone.
50 tech workers*
To other tech workers and industry supporters, we urge you to join us in our support of the 996.ICU movement.
To add your name to the list of supporters, make a pull request with your name and affiliation, as you would like it to appear on the list of signatories. You can also email email@example.com with this information and we can add it for you. Read more about adding yourself as a supporter here.
* We launched this petition publicly at the same time that we announced it within Microsoft. We will be updating the number of signed employees periodically as signatures are added.
Supported by / 支持者:
The first 50 signatures below have been randomly shuffled.
- Jason Prado, Ex-Microsoft Software Engineer 2008-2009
- Zora Tung, Software Engineer, Google
- Liz O’Sullivan, former head of annotations at Clarifai
- Jing Jing Cao, UX Designer, Anki
- Ali Atasever, CTO, Vivoo
- Amr Gaber, Software Engineer, Google
- Irene Knapp, Senior Software Engineer, Google
- Harshita Gupta, Student, Harvard University and former Software Engineering Intern (x2), Microsoft
- Alex Goldschmidt, Software Engineer, Microsoft
- JS Tan, Software Engineer, Microsoft
- Mark Dudley, Software Engineer, Google
- Rachel Miller, Writer
- Meredith Whittaker, AI Now Institute Co-founder, NYU Distinguished Research Scientist, Google Open Research Founder
- Hal Daumé III, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
- Casey Hong, Microsoft
- Ben Tarnoff, Logic Editor
- François Conil, Support, GitHub
- Esteban Roncancio, Trip Advisor
- Mark Seaborn, Software Engineer Google
- Josh McDuffie, Software Engineer, Constant Contact
- Ashly Hamilton, Program Manager, Microsoft
- Emily Cunningham, UX Designer at Amazon
- Andrew Schwartzmeyer, Software Engineer, Microsoft
- Sergey Alekhnovich, Software Engineer, iFood Decision Sciences
- Topher Weiss, Software Developer, Rational Interaction @ Microsoft
- Alexander Mancevice, Software Developer, CargoMetrics
- Cathy Lee, Brand designer, Oscar Health
- Yann Achard, Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
- Camille Malonzo, Software Engineer Microsoft
- Kelly Wagman, Microsoft Research Assistant
- Mary L. Gray Senior Researcher Microsoft Research New England (Associate Professor School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Indiana University, Bloomington | Fellow Harvard University Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society)
- Francis Tseng, Public Science
- Esteban Roncancio, Software Engineer, TripAdvisor
- Naomi Harrington, Program Manager, Microsoft
- Mikayla Hutchinson, Software Engineer, Microsoft
- David Meyerson, Software Engineer II, Microsoft
- Bryan Hughes, Senior Cloud Advocate, Microsoft
- Christopher Senderling, Microsoft
- Gregory Ellison, Data Scientist, Microsoft
- Stephanie Parker, Policy Specialist, YouTube
- Adina Shanholtz, Microsoft
- Marie Collins, Business Analyst, Google
- Kristen Sheets, Brandeis University Computer Science
- Erik Knechtel, Microsoft Contractor
- Daniel Greene, Assistant Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland
- Amber Erickson, Software Engineer, Microsoft
- Julie Mayer, Senior Privacy Manager, Microsoft
- Minsoo Thigpen, Microsoft Program Manager
- Lowell Bander, Software Engineer, Facebook
- Wendy Liu, Tech Writer
- Nisha Pillai, Software Engineer