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Inside the EPO During Corona: The Office Management Never Cared About the Well-being of Staff (and Still Doesn’t)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 6:46 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The EPO has no sense of shame, describing itself as the very opposite of what it really is

EPO on disability

Summary: The health-harming EPO is trying to paint itself as some kind of champion of disabled people; in practice, however, the Office causes disability and does disabled people a lot of harm with its price-gouging patent-granting

THE crude ‘junk’ above is an insult to reality itself and to disabled people (even if the Office is careful to avoid that word, being oversensitive only at the most superficial level).

The EPO is no ally of disabled people. Heck, Benoît Battistelli went out of his way to abuse people already suffering physical difficulties; António Campinos carries on with that same legacy and now they have the audacity to not only pretend to be allies of disabled people but also hijack “diversity” and “inclusion” (the Office has neither) to distract from the corruption. This cynical ‘news’ item (warning: epo.org link) from this morning says: “Though talents participated remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, recent advances in the EPO’s overall digital connectivity enabled closer involvement of our other offices outside Munich, including The Hague office. The project also provided an opportunity for the EPO to network with other companies on disability inclusion.”

What “disability inclusion”? This is the Office where the management's sheer abuses are causing disability within its own staff — an abhorrent workplace where people are treated like disposable junk, rendered disabled, and then thrown out.

Notice how their ‘new’ item also mentions Microsoft, whose record when it comes abusing people with disabilities has long been mentioned here (years ago and even very recently). We’re not sure about the other companies named there because we don’t study them closely.

Incidentally, back in summer the Central Staff Committee of the EPO circulated this 28-page document [PDF], summarising its contexts (including annexes) as follows:

Report on the June GCC meeting – Long-Term Care Insurance, teleworking and rewards for 2019

The GCC met by videoconference to consult on Circular 266 (Amendments to the EPO Long-Term Care Insurance) and teleworking. We gave our written opinion on those two items.

As regards teleworking in particular: we are aware that staff members generally welcome more flexibility in their work and the chance to better balance their work life with their life outside the Office. They have recently made enormous efforts to try and continue working from home despite difficult circumstances. This phase has been lasting for almost three months and it does not mean that staff is prepared to work for a prolonged time under uncertain and degraded conditions, disguised as “temporary” or “emergency” measures. We welcome the possibility of teleworking, if introduced in the proper framework. We gave a unanimous opinion against the “emergency” teleworking guidelines in the version presented in the document.

We also discuss the President’s instructions on rewards without being allowed to give a formal opinion on them (in our view contrary to the statutory requirement).

The GCC meeting was the last one with the current staff representation, whose term on office will end on 30 June. It exemplifies once more the deficient social dialogue and consultation process deliberately set up (or maintained) by the President of the Office.

This document mentions homeopathy and other nonsense, which is rightly called not evidence-based.

The document says there’s this deficient “social dialogue and consultation process deliberately set up by the President of the Office.” We’ll touch on that in the next article.

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