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03.08.16

Super Tuesday: EPO Workers Are Voting for a Strike Today

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Striving to put an end to psychopathic management

Jack Nicholson - The Shining

Summary: Staff of the EPO refuses to be governed by fear (hence the animation of Jack Nicholson in “The Shining” above) and decides to vote for a strike

THE management of the EPO has abused staff so badly that soon there will be a strike. Based on our information, a high proportion of EPO workers will be brave enough to vote today for a strike. At the end or next week the Council will probably tell Battistelli to leave. To twist Battistelli's words against him, “An Earthquake Would be Needed for the Administrative Council… To Let Him Stay.”

Looking though some comments from last night, people recall how Battistelli ignored the disciplinary committees and then lied to his staff about it:

The disciplinary committee did not recommend dismissal for Ion Brumme because he has five children – one is just a baby – and a loan to pay on his house. ONLY Batistelli took this cruel decision to dismiss him. I do not understand a person still having ANY confidence in Battistelli. I see NOTHING positive in him. Continuing with him is the end of the EPO and a lot of problems for the people working there. There is only one vote: STRIKE. To all EPO staff – PLEASE VOTE ON TUESDAY for STRIKE!!!

Battistelli is cruel and insane. A dangerous cocktail, to twist his own words again (reference to this interview from December).

Someone called today “Super Tuesday” as part of the following little poem:

S uper Tuesday,tick the box
T hen,bless his little cotton socks
R uler Supreme will have another nail
I n his Presidential coffin,epic fail
K ick him out!Our French cockerel
E mancipate long-suffering Eponians from this doggerel

The following comment is very much correct, as it suggests that now is the time for FFPE EPO to prove that it’s not just a spineless courier of Battistelli:

I would welcome if the FFPE-EPO could also mobilise some support from Brussels and walk side by side with EPO staff during the upcoming strikes! Thereby giving Europe and its institutions hope through united trade unions against abuse of human rights, injustice and declining democratic principles.

People still feel hurt by FFPE EPO and it remains to be seen if FFPE EPO follows the suggestions to join the strike and openly encourage members to vote for it. To quote another comment:

What kind of deals should staff actually expect from a union which signs an agreement with a person of which they know that he lied to his “superior” (eg BoA reform documents), lied to the public (eg reports on majority of staff supporting his actions), protects highly suspecious people (eg see trials in Croatia), promotes nepotism (have a look at the “inner circle” map of Suepo), enjoys revenge on the weak (eg more severe punishments than proposed by the disciplinary commitee; press campaign against BoA member) … where the union takes one hand, knowing that the second has the knife to backstab at any convenient moment.

What powers does such an union have, where any non-pleasing movement may be rewarded with the investigative unit … why should staff have confidence in such a union ..? Why should anybody expect them to work in staff’s interest?

The EPO will not issue a single statement about the vote for protest. The management pretends (e.g. to the media) that no strike action is going to take place by speaking hypothetically about last year rather than this month (we covered this last week) and today the EPO’s PR department is piggybacking International Womens’ Day for cheap PR.

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