A group of private sector employees in China promotes an Internet campaign to record the accumulation of working hours that many workers are forced to fulfill, in protest of the country’s strenuous work culture. The campaign, called ‘Worker Lives Matter’, asks employees from various sectors to share in an online document, similar to an Excel sheet, the time they start and end their workday labor, as well as the number of days they work per week. “We workers need to live too!”, claim the campaign page on the GitHub software collaboration site. The initiative was born after the recent demands raised by technology workers, tired of what is known in China as the culture of ‘996’. To date, the petition bill with nearly 5,000 entries, including contributions from people working for well-known Chinese internet giants such as Alibaba Group Holding, Tencent Holdings, and ByteDance. The grueling ‘996 system’, a culture that continues despite increased government oversight, is based on a 12-hour working day, from 9 in the morning to 9 at night, for 6 days a week. Over time it has been celebrated by many tech billionaires, from Alibaba’s Jack Ma to the founder of JD.com Inc.However, this year it has been repeatedly criticized on the Web, prompted by a considerable number of deaths associated with overwork. Under Chinese law, workers are entitled to additional compensation for overtime, but with a limit of 36 hours per month. China’s own Supreme Court ruled this summer that the practice of ‘996’ is illegal and urged companies to end it. However, labor supervision remains lax in the country.