04.13.21

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During Pandemic, With Rising Inflation, Corrupt EPO Management With Its ‘Shadow Budget’ Cracks Down on Education and Childcare Allowance

Posted in Europe, Finance, Patents at 5:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Source: Wage theft (Wikipedia)

Summary: While hoarding and misusing money [1, 2, 3] (by basically granting lots of patents that ought not be granted) the management of the EPO hides it aside, then proceeds to crushing salaries and benefits of staff, even pensioners

“In this open letter to the President,” the Central Staff Committee of the EPO recently noted, “we request that the reform of the Education and Childcare Allowance be adjourned, until the present crisis is over and proper and fruitful negotiations can take place. However, we also request that a proposal to amend Article 71 ServRegs be submitted for statutory consultation and be put on the provisional agenda of the forthcoming BFC meeting (BFC/126) of May 2021 for decision, exclusively for the purpose of extending the education benefits for the post-secondary education to employees who are nationals of the country where they serve in the next school year 2021-2022.”

Archambeau and CampinosSomeone has passed us the letter below, dated the end of last week. It’s a letter to António Campinos, who lied to the Parliament yesterday. That’s what happens when politicians’ mouths or lips move; if only the EPO was run by scientists again — as was the case as recently as 1.5 decades ago — there would be basic adherence to facts and more compassion where possible.

European Patent Office | 80298 MUNICH | GERMANY

Mr António Campinos
President of the EPO

ISAR – R.1081

OPEN LETTER

Adjournment of the reform of the Education and Childcare Allowance and amendment of Article 71 ServRegs

Dear Mr President,

In view of the current pandemic situation, the immense level of stress it has imposed on our colleagues, and the subsequent impossibility to consult properly all involved stakeholders, the staff representation hereby requests to adjourn the reform of the Education and Childcare Allowance, until the present crisis is over and proper and fruitful negotiations can take place.

The staff representation also requests that a proposal to amend Article 71 ServRegs be submitted for statutory consultation and be put on the provisional agenda of the forthcoming BFC meeting (BFC/126) of May 2021 for decision, either of your own motion or in accordance with Article 9 (2.2)(b) of the Rules of Procedure of the Administrative Council, exclusively for the purpose of extending the education benefits for the post-secondary education to employees who are nationals of the country where they serve in the next school year 2021-2022.

Yours sincerely,

Alain Dumont

Chairman of the Central Staff Committee

They assume “proper and fruitful negotiations can take place” some time in the future; remember that the “Orange One” (of EPO, not the White House) refuses to talk to the staff’s union, sometimes even to the Central Staff Committee. So much for dialogue and negotiations…

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