EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

03.19.16

Reversal Spin: SUEPO Needs to Make Peace Rather Than Benoît Battistelli Needing to Make Peace After Dismissing SUEPO’s Leaders

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 8:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Framing SUEPO (or EPO staff, by extension/representation) as the core problem

Xinjiang

Summary: The war against SUEPO’s position and credibility seems to have been bolstered by the media, which repeats misleading narratives of parity or a two-sided struggle

THE reason the EPO is in a state of crisis (as explicitly recognised by the Board) is not the staff union but the issues which the staff union merely speaks about. Put another way, the management of the Office put itself in disrepute; it uses the union as a whipping boy and a distraction. A lot of the media is falling for this bogus narrative. Having an additional €880,000/year PR budget probably helps.

“More importantly, it doesn’t say anything about the past disciplinary procedures.”
      –Anonymous
Joff Wild, a longterm foe of SUEPO (EPO booster in “journalist” clothing), has just published this article (actually, that was a day ago, but we’re backlogged) which sounds like an EPO press release. All the EPO’s problems are reduced (although they’re not reducible) to “social conflict”, but what’s needed right now is affirmative action against the management; the union has already suffered enough. The union is nonviolent, contrary to commonly-repeated lies from EPO management.

“Of course,” Wild admits about his survey that's used by EPO for self-serving propaganda, “IAM survey respondents are self-selecting and tend to come from larger corporations, the law and attorney firms that represent them, and NPEs [patent trolls]. Their views may well not be representative. But as far as I am aware, there are no other surveys that seek to do what we do, so it’s currently all there is.”

“This is a request that has to be made to Battistelli, not to the staff representation.”
      –Anonymous
It’s nice of him to finally admit this bias, but Benoît Battistelli still uses it for propaganda. Bogus 'results' are being served on a platter to the Council (AC), working quite effectively as a sort of excuse for the serious abuses of Battistelli (the yuppie-nuremberg defense).

“I´d like to comment a bit on the AC resolution,” a person told us this morning. “It seemed to be strongly worded but actually does not impose an external review [...] “to consider the possibility of involvement of an external reviewer or of arbitration or mediation” [...] which leaves it to the latitude of the president. More importantly, it doesn’t say anything about the past disciplinary procedures.”

Yes, indeed, but the dismissed union leaders are still in power.

“Since SUEPO and Battistelli already had a meeting just before the AC meeting,” the person added, “and Battistelli didn´t budge an inch is there anything to be expected of him? He can just say that SUEPO is inflexible and that he did his best.

“This morning we saw SUEPO getting quite viciously smeared by “Anonymous” and if Battistelli’s PR campaign carries on, we expect to see a lot more of this blame-shifting.”“The final sentence is rather stupid: “Requests the staff representation and the Trade Unions – to acknowledge the importance of firm and fair disciplinary procedures;” as if the staff representation had to understand this. This is a request that has to be made to Battistelli, not to the staff representation. So poorly written…”

We took note of this the other day. Expect the propaganda to basically characterise SUEPO as stubborn, inflexible, overzealous, radical, and so on. As if SUEPO, being the messenger (highlighting some obvious institutional issues) is the problem. This morning we saw SUEPO getting quite viciously smeared by “Anonymous” and if Battistelli’s PR campaign carries on, we expect to see a lot more of this blame-shifting.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Alexandre Oliva's New Article About a Coup

    Some people try to tell me that the criticism I've got, inside the FSF and outside, since the Free Software Sept 11, are not about my being supportive of RMS, but about my making public statements referencing him at all.



  2. Debian Leadership Should Not be 'Shy' of Politics (and It's OK to Admit Palestinians Are Human Beings Too)

    The contemporary tendency to limit people's freedom of speech (e.g. permission to express political views) means that while people may find software freedom they will lose other essential freedoms



  3. New Series: Inside the Free Software Foundation (FSF)

    In the interest and motivation of exposing the true nature of things, Techrights will turn its attention to internal affairs at the higher echelons of the FSF, founded more than three and a half decades ago in MIT (where Stallman launched the GNU Project, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and a lot more foundational Free software)



  4. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, February 23, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, February 23, 2020



  5. Links 23/2/2020: PipeWire 0.3 and Osu!

    Links for the day



  6. FSF's Interim Co-President Alexandre Oliva on Being Cancelled

    It was reading this that I realized I’d been cancelled myself. In my case, I was painted misogynist and transphobic, and for a post in which I supported women but denounced a crowd of men twisting the feminist cause, that I share, to attack rms, as if he wasn’t a feminist himself; and in which I express curiosity as to what pronoun to use to refer to zero women to paint me as someone who disregards gender identities and their pronouns.



  7. Good People Need to Run for Free Software Foundation (FSF) Board Positions After an FSF Coup Threw in the Towel, Pushing Out the Founder

    "I have been hit, but not knocked out, and my campaign for free software is not over." --Richard Stallman, October 2019



  8. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, February 22, 2020

    IRC logs for Saturday, February 22, 2020



  9. Alexandre Oliva's Message About Cancel Culture at the FSF

    Being cancelled is no fun. In my case, it was for standing for a friend who got canceled for defending someone else from an accusation that was later proven false.



  10. Links 22/2/2020: Polish Government Increases GNU/Linux Use, Samza 1.3.1

    Links for the day



  11. Being Rich Does Not Imply Being Smart (Especially When One is Born Into Wealth)

    Presenting the 'genius' (college dropout, but that does not matter when the yardstick of wisdom is wealth alone), with his own predictions overlaid on top of his photo from the show of Bloomberg (another 'genius' whose supposed brilliance is measured using money alone)



  12. The Rise and Fall of Free Software

    "We simply need to make the movement less corporate, and more grassroots."



  13. Why You Should Adopt Debian 10, Not Vista 10 (Windows Vista With Microsoft's Latest Surveillance Add-ons)

    A little personal story and recommendation of Debian "Buster" (10) or Devuan (whose developers persist)



  14. Ethics by Exclusion

    It's the same old philosophical question; can excluding those who are perceived to be intolerant be seen as an act of tolerance?



  15. Even Worse Than Microsoft Inside the Board of the OSI

    The OSI has accepted people from companies that actively attack Software Freedom and there may be more on their way



  16. ZDNet Continues to Stuff Its 'Linux' Section With Proprietary Software of Microsoft

    The above is what the "Linux" section of ZDNet is going to look like throughout the weekend (and this is hardly unusual, either)



  17. IRC Proceedings: Friday, February 21, 2020

    IRC logs for Friday, February 21, 2020



  18. Links 21/2/2020: EasyOS 2.2.11 Released, Microsoft's Control of the Linux Foundation Increases and More Binary Blobs Arrive

    Links for the day



  19. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, February 20, 2020

    IRC logs for Thursday, February 20, 2020



  20. Video: LinuxWorld 1999, Torvalds and Stallman

    LinuxWorld 1999, Torvalds and Stallman



  21. GNU World Order is a Personal Sacrifice, LinuxWorld Just Business

    As the Linux Foundation shows, Linux is just business (and proprietary software) as usual, software patents included, whereas it’s GNU that continues the Free Software Movement’s battles



  22. Links 20/2/2020: Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU18, Mesa 20, VirtualBox 6.1.4

    Links for the day



  23. Open Source Did Not Win, It Was Assimilated to and by Proprietary Software

    Don’t fall for the whole “Open Source has won!” spiel; You know we’ve lost the battle (and were in effect gradually conquered) at OSI and elsewhere when those who speak for the OSI are Michael Cheng (Facebook), Max Sills (Google), and Chris Aniszczyk (Linux Foundation); they say “Open Source Under Attack” (FOSDEM talk) but their employers are the ones attacking and they downplay openwashing



  24. Former Microsoft Employees Don't Like Talking About Past and Present Microsoft Back Doors (Designed for Spy Agencies)

    In a typical Microsoftian fashion, once they cannot defend the illusion/delusion that Microsoft values security the 'Softers' run away and block any further debate



  25. Techrights Warns Against Impending Extradition Efforts (Passage of Julian Assange to His Death in the United States)

    Imprisonment of journalists who are effective at exposing crimes (of the powerful, not petty crimes) must never be condoned



  26. Team UPC: Many Mouths and No Ears

    The mental condition of Team UPC gets more worrisome by the week



  27. Team UPC Insults Judges Because the UPC is Dead and UPC Lobbyists Have Nothing Left to Lose

    More judge-shaming tactics are in the mix; Team UPC seems to feel like there's nothing left to lose as the UPC is already dead (hope itself is next to die)



  28. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    IRC logs for Wednesday, February 19, 2020



  29. China Bashing is Grounded in Fear (That They Can Simply Do Better Than the West)

    The atmosphere of hate towards China — fuelled partly by a white supremacist in the White House — is unhelpful and insulting; dignity and understanding is the way to go



  30. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, February 18, 2020


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts