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07.04.18

Staff Union of the EPO: “ILO-AT Remains Very Much an Employer’s Court” (Not Employees’)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Victimised workers can wait years in limbo and uncertainty only to be met with a belated (sometimes half a decade late) decision that merely parrots the employer’s

Employer

Summary: A detailed new report about EPO judgments from the Administrative Tribunal of ILO speaks of the positives, which are still just a drop in the ocean (most appeals are only being denied/deferred/stonewalled after years in the pipeline)

THE Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO) has just released this report [PDF] (local copy for longterm preservation [PDF]) which is concluded as follows: “The judgments exonerating Ion Brumme and Malika Weaver are greatly appreciated. We consider that for them justice has been done. We also appreciate the support that the Tribunal gives to seriously ill colleagues who often find themselves confronted with threats and disciplinary measures from our PD HR (Ms Bergot) when care and assistance are due.

“ILO (and/or ILO-AT) is, overall, still failing to fulfill its promise and many appellants are left not only void of a sense of justice but also void of savings (many have to spend a fortune preparing their appeals).”“These positive results do not, however, distract from the fact that the Tribunal fails to deliver justice consistently and impartially, while also failing to exercise any normative control. As this session again shows: the ILOAT remains very much an employer’s court.”

Indeed, we recently explained some of the lesser-covered (by the media) cases and olive branches being extended to Battistelli and the Council. 3 cases about staff representation (and another bunch about a judge) are just a handful in a sea of many hundreds. ILO (and/or ILO-AT) is, overall, still failing to fulfill its promise and many appellants are left not only void of a sense of justice but also void of savings (many have to spend a fortune preparing their appeals).

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