Summary: The European Patent Office (EPO) is in so sordid a state that nearly half of all the workers were willing to take a salary cut and not show up at work, as an act of protest against Benoît Battistelli’s lawlessness
THE EPO was headless today as Benoît Battistelli left the country and his yellow union was flown in to do some propaganda and incite against SUEPO (see photograph above). Thankfully, they spoke to just 0.1% of the staff. Quite a success, eh? Worth the flight tickets which Battistelli reimbursed them for?
“Waiting for the king (in his own mind) to resign is misguided as Battistelli lives in a fantasy world.”Either way, based on this report, the number of absentees is huge. To quote The Register: “An estimated 2,700 employees – 40 per cent of all staff – at the European Patent Office went on strike Thursday, representing a significant challenge to EPO president Benoît Battistelli. [...] The strike is just the latest in a heated fight between staff and EPO management: a fight that the administrative council has given Battistelli until its next meeting in June to start resolving. Last month, Battistelli received a zero per cent confidence rating in a staff survey.”
Yes, well, it’s a crisis when your boss has zero per cent confidence rating and maybe it’s a sign that he needs to be sacked (possible in about a week). Waiting for the king (in his own mind) to resign is misguided as Battistelli lives in a fantasy world. █
“An earthquake would be needed for the Administrative Council [...] not to support my major proposals.”