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03.16.17

CERN Staff Association “Profoundly Shocked by the Situation That Has Persisted in the European Patent Office (EPO)”

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

14th century Office (in the human rights sense) isn’t suitable for the needs of science in the 21st century

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Summary: Groups of scientists and unionists blast the union-busting activities of Battistelli, who is simply acting like a medieval king rather than a President

SCIENTISTS from CERN are not entirely tolerant of the antiscientific ‘king’ of EPO — the man who lies so habitually and whose Office deletes countries from the map in order to match his propaganda (more on that soon).

CERN’s staff representatives previously spoke out against this ‘king’ (in his own mind), as we mentioned last year on several occasions. Now, as delegates who pretend to represent countries (rather than themselves) meet in Munich letters are being sent to EPO staff representatives in Munich [PDF] and The Hague [PDF]. These two-page documents, with French and English versions for each, are identical letters (English versions at least), except the recipient. These are dated yesterday and SUEPO explains that it’s a “solidarity message”.

“Letter of support sent by Mr. Ghislain Roy, President of CERN Staff Association to the Staff Union of the European Patent Office,” SUEPO describes that as. We have decided to reproduce the text below to broaden its reach. How much reality check or fact-checking will it take for Battistelli to realise that it’s time to resign? He has become a heavy liability to France, to Europe, and to the whole world. He’s a disgrace to human kind.

Staff Association
CERN
CH – 1211 GENEVE 23

SUEPO Munich
Limburgstr. 8
D-81539 München

Téléphone/Telephone: 41/22/767 3638
Courriel/Email: staff.president@cern.ch
Site web http://staff-association.web.cern.ch

Meyrin, 15 March 2017

Dear Colleagues,

With this letter, the CERN Staff Association wishes to repeat its full support to you in your battle to maintain the possibility to perform your union duties in accordance with the prevailing conditions in all international organisations. The freedom and independence of staff unions, represented by staff associations or staff committees, are essential to the proper functioning of our organisations.

Similar attacks are also taking place at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. The FICSA (Federation of International Civil Servant Associations) is also informed and intervenes, as well as all staff associations that are members of the Federation.

It is completely unacceptable that representatives of the personnel should be dismissed or placed under pressure as a result of their commitment to defend the rights of the personnel.

Freedom of association and collective bargaining have been an integral part of CERN’s Rules and Regulations ever since the creation of the Organization more than 60 years ago. That is why we were, and continue to be, profoundly shocked by the situation that has persisted in the European Patent Office (EPO) for far too long. We hereby offer our solidarity to all union representatives and colleagues of the EPO.

When faced with threats, we are, and always will be, stronger together.

On behalf of the CERN Staff Association,

Joel Lahaye
External Relations

Ghislain Roy
Staff Association President

SUEPO has meanwhile highlighted this letter in German [PDF], describing it as: “Letter of support from the International and European Public Services Organisation (IPSO), The European Central Bank’s recognized trade union for ECB staff to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas on dismissal at the European Patent Office.”

We hope that one way or another a translation of it will be produced. Maas seems to be in bed with Battistelli in the UPC sense, so we cannot quite envision him doing as much as responding to that letter.

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