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Labor Day isn't the holiday it once was for China's workers

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Like hundreds of millions of workers in China, an algorithm engineer at an electric vehicle maker is required to work an extra day on each weekend immediately before and after the Labor Day holiday in order to take five days off. The practice of moving workdays to weekends to create longer vacations during major Chinese holidays has been the subject of anger and frustration on social media. Workers are increasingly afraid of losing their jobs and complain about being asked to work harder due to the country’s economic slump. With the adjusted rest policy, China designates more than 25 days as official holidays, compared to the statutory five days of paid time off. Some companies are pushing back on long work hours and offering alternative leave policies.