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The name 996.ICU refers to "Work by '996', sick in ICU", an ironic saying among Chinese developers, which means that by following the "996" work schedule, you are risking yourself getting into the ICU (Intensive Care Unit).

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What is 996?

A "996" work schedule refers to an unofficial work schedule (9 a.m.–9 p.m., 6 days per week) that has been gaining popularity. Serving a company that encourages the "996" work schedule usually means working for at least 60 hours per week. Visit 996 working hour system on Wikipedia for more details.

What can I do?


State Media


  • Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba: It is a huge blessing to be able to '996'.
  • Richard Liu, founder of We will never force our employee to work as '996'. (However, as a result many anonymous employees says that there is a list of departments which ranked them by overtime hours. The shortest will take punishments. And the leaders never leave evidences when ask employees to work as '996'.)
  • Bai Ya, founder of Youzan: This will definitely be a right decision when we look back in a few years.


  • Guido van Rossum, founder of Python: The '996' working schedule is inhumane.

Principles and purposes

  • 996.ICU is an initiative initiated by IT practitioners. We welcome people from other fields and other countries to join the discussion.

  • This is not a political movement. We firmly uphold the labor law and request employers to respect the legitimate rights and interests of their employees.

  • It is great progress from closed source to open source, and it will also be great progress from open source to emphasizing labor rights at the same time. What we want is to create an open source software license that advocates workers' rights.

  • We are willing to hear all positive and constructive proposals and advocate mature and responsible speech.

Expanding influence

Please feel free to translate 996.ICU's contents, adjust the format, add some contents or fix grammatical errors. Please note that adding too many translations is getting off the track.

Community powers

  • 955.WLB is a repo that maintains a whitelist of 955 work-life balanced companies.
  • 996.LIST is a repo of a rank list of 996 companies and 955 companies.
  • This is a manual for workers who want to conduct labor arbitration and litigation on their own.
  • 996.YAOCL Yet Another Overtime Corps List, current another anonymous voting list.
  • 996.Leave encourages & introduces working overseas.
  • 996.RIP Old news never vanished.
  • 996.Petition initiates petitions by sending open letters to relevant government departments.
  • 996.action Supporters are encouraged to participate in public supervision.
  • 996.avengers adds 996ICU and 955WLB tags on recruitment websites.
  • 996.OD occupational diseases are the forewarning of ICU.
  • 996.Q A repository to collect mocks, jokes, or gags about 996.
  • support.996.ICU Microsoft and GitHub Workers Support 996.ICU

Where are the issues?

Even with interaction limits on, the issues area was totally out of control. So I personally decided to switch it off, not by GitHub or others.


Anti-996 License

  • The purpose of this license is to prevent anti-labour-law companies from using the software or codes under the license, and force those companies to weigh their way of working

  • See a full list of projects under Anti-996 License

  • This draft is adapted from the MIT license. For a more detailed explanation, please see Wiki. This license is designed to be compatible with all major open source licenses.

  • For law professionals or anyone who is willing to contribute to future version directly, please go to Anti-996-License-1.0. Thank you.


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