Why China’s trade union chief has called for an “offline rest” law
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Chantelle Cloete
Chantelle Cloete, Reporter

Work-life balance continues to be only an aspiration for many in China, where an increase in remote working arrangements and controversial work-first culture is seeing employees continue to toil online, and often unpaid, for long hours.

At this year’s Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which ended on 11 March, the head of China’s trade union federation suggested the introduction of a “offline rest” along with penalties for “invisible overtime”.