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08.25.18

In Koch v EPO, a Rare Glimpse at Tricks the EPO Employs at the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 1:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Uploaded by Koch two days ago to her Twitter account

Koch E-mail

Summary: The latest public disclosure about an ongoing case that is years old and demonstrates the appalling treatment of EPO workers by the current management

THE case of Mrs. (and Dr.) Koch is one we’ve been hearing about for years because many EPO insiders are well aware of it. They speak about it.

Well, Dr. Koch is back at it; days ago she was uploading a bunch of E-mails — as she did before — and tweeting updates about her case and the case’s history. The latest burst of messages says: “You may guess why former Vice-President of the #EPO’s DG1 insisted that the investigation under #EPO’s Circular 342 (against #human #rights and the principle of #non-#retroactivity) should go ahead, while at least the pretext for the investigation would have disappeared, s. below [] The investigation under the #EPO’s Circular 342 was only stopped, after (and probably because) I had been forced to “offer” early retirement under compelling pressure (illness, further threats to my health due to C342). [] I was also refused an #employment #medical #examination since September 2012, at that time. #offerofretirementunder #compelling #pressure [] After I had been compelled into an “offer” of retirement (of 31-5-2013), I was informed (on 6-6-2013) that the investigation would not proceed, and the EPO granted me a medical committee (15/17-7-2013) with a delay of 10 months. [] So I withdrew my “offer” which had not been accepted at that time – at least the EPO never provided any hard proof to the contrary. Besides it had been made under compelling pressure. [] One of the two physicians of the medical committee declared that I was unfit for my then tasks, the other one had not decided yet at the time of the medical committee’s report on 9-9-2013. [] The EPO did not accept the withdrawal of my “offer” of retirement, i.e. I was #irregularly #dismissed on 19-9-2013. On 9 October 2013 the EPO also stopped the Medical Committee’s work, since I would have had “voluntarily retired”, as wrongly alleged. [] Now the #EPO simply tries to delay my cases on #medical #committee and #irregular #dismissal with the #Admin. #Tribunal of the #ILO (AT5-4532 and AT 5-4384), by restarting them in internal appeals even before any judgment by the #Tribunal.”

“It took Campinos nearly two months just to comply with an ILO ruling (after he was repeatedly pressured about it).”As readers may recall, last month we contacted Koch regarding her case after she had made some details about it public. She does not believe António Campinos gives hope to people in her position/situation, i.e. perhaps hundreds of EPO workers and ex-workers. It took Campinos nearly two months just to comply with an ILO ruling (after he was repeatedly pressured about it).

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