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05.20.16

Notorious EPO Tyrant, Benoît Battistelli, Meets Other Tyrants, Reportedly ‘Cleanses’ the Administrative Council

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This is the type of people Benoît Battistelli associates himself with

Mohammed VI of Morocco
Reference: Mohammed VI of Morocco

Summary: The Battistelli regime, perhaps the biggest embarrassment of Europe right now, is allegedly “courting smaller countries to make sure the delegates who voted against him will be replaced”

According to this new post from Benoît Battistelli (warning: epo.org link), the trip to Morocco was much as we predicted. Sun King (Battistelli) met King Mohammed VI, whose track record can be seen above. Yesterday we joked about Tunisia (French imperialism in mind) and according to Battistelli, “Moldova implemented a similar agreement last November and it is expected that Tunisia will do the same this year.”

Watch where Battistelli goes to (other than Latin America) and where he hires from (like a Vice-President from Croatia, where he faces many criminal charges). If this isn’t the symptom of EPO being another FIFA (or worse), what is? This kind of tyranny is not just a corporate tyranny but also a race to the bottom when it comes to human and labour rights (no wonder there are so many suicides). Yesterday we mentioned the trip to Morocco and Battistelli's attacks on basic workers' protections. Two months ago we also showed how Battistelli signed a deal with Lithuania just around the same time as the Administrative Council's meeting, presumably to buy a vote in his favour. Right now we are seeing similar allegations in this comment. Stacking the panel (Administrative Council) much, Mr. Battistelli?

Imposing restrictions on future employment does not require the consent of employees to be bound by such restrictions. That is what people do not understand when they sign up: they think the EPO is bound by its regulations. But the regulations can be changed at will and they already were: the staff were imposed new career regulations, new sickness regulations, and their invalidity insurance (paid for years) was simply canceled. It is not the conditions of employment they agreed to any more and indeed less and less people are willing to sign (the EPO did not find suitable candidates for more than half the post they wanted to fill). But the people who have signed have a single choice: accept the new regulations or find another work. It is a one-way contract: the staff have to respect it, the EPO can change the rules at will.

Also: Battistelli was told by the Council to reverse the judgement concerning 3 people, he paid lip service by reinstating the 20% pension cut. No legal reasons were at play. In the mean time, he is busy courting smaller countries to make sure the delegates who voted against him will be replaced. The June council will be massively in his favor, at least from the small countries and countries like Germany, NL, UK and France will realize that they only have one vote. Battistelli will then control the administrative council.

If this is true, people need to immediately contact politicians and warn delegates, who Battistelli is also threatening. This guy is about as crazy as Mohammed VI of Morocco, a lot worse than Blatter (by far), judging by his own actions.

Another new comment says:

“With this in mind, how could the AC even contemplate rubber-stamping the unilateral imposition of such restrictions by way of “new rules” that have not received the consent of the employees that they affect?”

Very easy. The same way that they rubber-stamped CA/D 18/15 in December.

http://www.epo.org/modules/epoweb/acdocument/epoweb2/194/en/CA-D_18-15_en.pdf

Was there any consultation on that ?
No there wasn’t but, hey, that didn’t stop the AC rubber-stamping it.
Does that answer your question?

FIFA here we come …

Remember that Battistelli boasted “an earthquake would be needed for the Administrative Council… not to support my major proposals.” This guy not only believes he’s a king; he behaves like one. If something political happens which displeases him, then he assaults the system and threatens journalists, bloggers, lawyers, politicians and so on. He even threatened me, much like a king (doesn’t matter if this defies the law).

According to this morning’s comment in another thread, Battistelli is in the process of preparing some self-congratulatory ‘survey’, other than the so-called 'social study' which we mentioned earlier this week. To quote:

Regarding the social situation, the office is organising an occupational health survey, carried out by an external company (Wellkom). Online questionnaires have just been sent to randomly selected staff. Surprisingly (?) the number of questions concerning occupational matters is a low proportion. A very low proportion. On the other hand, the vast majority appear to relate to personal or domestic factors of healthy eating, drinking etc. Perhaps this is normal.

As long as a thug like Battistelli stays in power, Europe has a serious credibility and legitimacy problem. This guy is a lot worse than Blatter and comparing the two is an insult to Blatter. Comparing Battistelli to Mohammed VI of Morocco might be more suitable an analogy.

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