BEIJING – Local officials review the working conditions of Chinese e-commerce group Pinduoduo, according to a state-owned newspaper, after the death of an employee caused a shout on social media.
The Shanghai Department of Occupational Safety and Health, where Pinduodouo is headquartered, is looking at the company’s working hours and employment contracts, according to a report in the Beijing Youth Daily on Monday.
The Changning District Labor Department did not respond to ‘ calls for comment. Pinduoduo declined to comment.
The company confirmed that a female employee collapsed while walking home from work with a colleague in the early hours of December 29th. She later died at the hospital, the company said in a statement.
The cause of her death was not revealed. Pinduoduo declined to comment on his labor policies.
Death has restored criticism of the long hours commonly practiced in China’s technology industry, where a so-called “996” culture, referring to employees working from 6 p.m. 9 to
The topic “Pinduoduo employee” was among the top 20 topics trending on China’s Twitter-like Weibo and received 224 million views and 23,400 comments.
Shares in Pinduoduo, China’s third-largest e-commerce platform after Alibaba and JD.com, are listed on Nasdaq in New York.