Bonum Certa Men Certa

EPO Staff Demands Release of the F***ing Recordings of António Campinos Breaching the Code of Conduct of the Office With Repeated Slurs/Swear Words

Video download link | md5sum bfda37307becbb658ed4d8c1505e139e Lack of Dialogue and Accountability Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0



Summary: The Local Staff Committee Munich (LSCMN) and the Central Staff Committee (CSC) of the EPO are not tolerating the bad behaviour of António Campinos, who is acting in bad faith like his friend and predecessor Benoît Battistelli

THE staff of the EPO (not the kakistocrats in management but staff which does all the actual work!) is too smart to fool and push around. Cursing at the staff isn't just counterproductive; it is a serious violation of the rules of the Office.



As usual, if the kakistocrats do all the enforcement of the Code of Conduct (as we saw in the Linux Foundation), the Code of Conduct will only even be used to protect the powerful, not the vulnerable. Selective enforcement.

"The victims are being framed as "troublemakers" and those who constantly break the law are painted in media (which they bribe) as peacemakers."This is exactly what's happening at the EPO right now. The victims are being framed as "troublemakers" and those who constantly break the law are painted in media (which they bribe) as peacemakers.

The Local Staff Committee Munich (LSCMN) has sent an open letter to the chief kakistocrat, stating: "Staff demands publication of the GCC recording of 26 April 2022" (not a new request, but the kakistocrat keeps ignoring the request; it's June already!).

The LSCMN wrote to colleagues: "To further the earlier request of the CSC, the LSCMN had put the following question to staff: "Do you request Mr Campinos to publish the recording of the GCC meeting of 26 April 2022?" 306 participants answered yes (96%), 9 answered no and 4 abstained."

European Patent Convention; I am the f***ing president!!It's clear that people do want to hear and judge it for themselves. It's also clear that the kakistocrat, António Campinos, is eager to hide what happened there. As if time alone will 'fix' things and amend the past...

The LSCMN continued: "We conclude that the request of the CSC has found the overwhelming support of staff in Munich and urge the President to accede to it in this open letter."

The Central Staff Committee (CSC) also wrote to colleagues, in a message entitled "Meeting on 1 June: Professional conduct and meaningful dialogue" and sent some day ago: "The President has invited the CSC to inform him of any topics we would like to add on the agenda of the meeting with him scheduled for 1 June 2022. We think it is against the interest of staff if we simply return to a "business-as-usual" agenda after the GCC meeting of 26 April 2022. Rather, we see two problems that need to be urgently addressed in order to prepare a new beginning on a common basis: professional conduct and meaningful dialogue."

"Whether is is just a mental or instability issue (inability to control one's language), or even connected to alcohol/narcotics... that's not for us to judge. But there are rumours and whisper campaigns inside the Office about Campinos and drugs.""Professional conduct" refers to the rudeness of António Campinos. There have been no consequences whatsoever for breaking the rules of the Office and he's seeking to extend his term. Insane!

To remind readers what he said: "You will never have such a nice person being the f***ing President for the next fifty f***ing years. So you wake up and make agreements with me, or you never will for your f***ing life."

Sounds like an ego problem. He thinks he's always right. He cannot come to grips with disagreement. This is another Battistelli. We don't want to recklessly assert or claim a profound mental issue, e.g. God complex of sorts, as we never met him in person and diagnostic, arm chair psychiatry would not be our professional field, either. But do you want a megalomaniac to run Europe's second-largest organisation? Is this going to be beneficial to peace and dialogue?

Whether is is just a mental or instability issue (inability to control one's language), or even connected to alcohol/narcotics... that's not for us to judge. But there are rumours and whisper campaigns inside the Office about Campinos and drugs. "Either way," an associate has noted, "it's not a desirable trait in one in his ostensible role."

Does the Administrative Council get that? Does the Council serve any function at all? After four years of failure and growing unrest, was anything learned?

Here is what staff representatives wrote:

Europäisches Patentamt 80298 München Deutschland

Local Staff Committee Munich Comité local du personnel de Munich Lokaler Personalausschuss München

Email: mnstcom@epo.org

Date: 25.05.2022 sc22009ml

Europäisches Patentamt | ÖPV München | GERMANY

President of the Office Mr António Campinos

Per E-Mail: PRESIDENT@epo.org

SUBJECT: Request of Staff in Munich to publish the recording of the GCC Meeting of 26 April 2022

Dear Mr President,

On 18 May 2022, the Local Staff Committee Munich (LSCMN) held an online General Assembly attended by 667 staff members.

During the assembly, we presented the ”Mobility” Package (CA/32/22) to staff and detailed the events which took place during the GCC meeting of 26 April 2022 as reported by the Central Staff Committee (CSC). Reference was made to the ServRegs, in particular Article 38(5), which stipulates that

the meetings of the GCC shall be recorded. In that earlier publication by the CSC, it was requested that this recording be published.

The LSCMN had put the following question to staff:

“Do you request Mr Campinos to publish the recording of the GCC meeting of 26 April 2022?”

306 participants answered yes (96%), 9 answered no and 4 abstained.




From this, we conclude that the request of the CSC has found the overwhelming support of staff in Munich. It is our duty to convey this support to you, and ask that you proceed with the publication of the recording of this last GCC meeting.

Sincerely yours,

Michael Alex Kemény

Chair of the Local Staff Committee Munich City, Haar and Brussels


The staff representatives that staff represent other branches of the Office wrote this:

European Patent Office 80298 Munich Germany

Central Staff Committee Comité central du personnel Zentraler Personalausschuss

centralSTCOM@epo.org

Reference: sc22058cl

Date: 19/05/2022

European Patent Office | 80298 MUNICH | GERMANY Mr António Campinos President of the EPO

By email

OPEN LETTER

Agenda of the upcoming President / CSC meeting on 1 June 2022

Dear Mr President,

In your email of 4 May 2022, you invited the CSC to inform you of any topics we would like to add on the agenda of the meeting with you scheduled for 1 June 2022.

After the GCC meeting of 26 April 2022, your office informed us that the “consultation did take place in good faith” (email of 28 April 2022), that “the members of the GCC nominated by the administration do not share [our] recollection of this specific meeting” but that indeed “GCC meetings may be some times tense” (email of 29 April 2022). Later, your official report in the Intranet downplayed the incidents as “issues creating tensions at times”.

Rarely has a recollection been so far removed from reality, and the draft minutes of the meeting that you sent us on 19 May evening even seem to ignore the matter completely.

We see two problems that need to be urgently addressed in order to prepare a new beginning on a common basis:

Firstly, professional conduct would require you as Chair to refrain from ad hominem attacks against individuals for what they say or how they say it. It is up to the Chair to be flexible with the time constraints of a GCC meeting, and it may also be part of his duties to admonish inappropriate contributions. However, at no point in time did our behaviour go beyond normal conduct, which would even have justified such a response. For example, we cannot accept that you divide staff representatives into some who would engage into “lengthy monologues” and “other CSC members”, who would have “interacted openly”.




Secondly, meaningful dialogue is also at stake. You suggest that the GCC should be the place for “direct discussions” on all agenda items “with the time required by their complexity”. Just taking the Professional mobility agenda item as an illustration, how can one reasonably expect a meaningful discussion to take place in such a short time on such a long and legally complex document (CA/32/22)?

We expect a direct interaction in Working Groups, where our point of view would be genuinely taken into account before a version is submitted to the GCC. This happens much too seldom because your appointees often seem to have no leeway or mandate to really interact and have the “remarkably fruitful exchanges” you claim in your email of 29 April 2022.

We think it is against the interest of staff if we simply return to a “business-as-usual” agenda after the GCC meeting of 26 April 2022, unless we address together some issues which have accumulated over the year s and culminated in this last GCC meeting. We have a genuine interest in finding better formats for bringing in the opinion of staff so that it can be taken into account in the decision-making process. In the interest of all stakeholders, and first and foremost of the staff itself, we are open to an educated discussion on such improvements.

In conclusion, we believe that we need to address these issues first before we consider addressing the items on your social agenda.

Yours sincerely,

Alain Dumont Chairman of the Central Staff Committee



Parts of these texts are discussed in the video above.

Recent Techrights' Posts

Lookout, It's Outlook
Outlook is all about the sharing!
Updated A Month Ago: Richard Stallman on Software Patents as Obstacles to Software Development
very recent update
Is BlueMail a Client of ZDNet Now?
Let's examine what BlueMail does to promote itself
OpenBSD Says That Even on Linux, Wayland Still Has a Number of Rough Edges (But IBM Wants to Make X Extinct)
IBM tries to impose unready software on users
 
The 'Smart' Attack on Power Grid Neutrality (or the Wet Dream of Tiered Pricing for Power, Essentially Punishing Poorer Households for Exercising Freedom Like Richer Households)
The dishonest marketing people tell us the age of disservice and discrimination is all about "smart" and "Hey Hi" (AI) as in algorithms akin to traffic-shaping in the context of network neutrality
Links 29/11/2023: VMware Layoffs and Too Many Microsofters Going Inside Google
Links for the day
Just What LINUX.COM Needed After Over a Month of Inactivity: SPAM SPAM SPAM (Linux Brand as a Spamfarm)
It's not even about Linux
Microsoft “Discriminated Based on Sexuality”
Relevant, as they love lecturing us on "diversity" and "inclusion"...
IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
IRC logs for Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Media Cannot Tell the Difference Between Microsoft and Iran
a platform with back doors
Links 28/11/2023: New Zealand's Big Tobacco Pivot and Google Mass-Deleting Accounts
Links for the day
Justice is Still the Main Goal
The skulduggery seems to implicate not only Microsoft
[Teaser] Next Week's Part in the Series About Anti-Free Software Militants
an effort to 'cancel' us and spy on us
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news
Permacomputing
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Professor Eben Moglen on How Social Control Media Metabolises Humans and Constraints Freedom of Thought
Nothing of value would be lost if all these data-harvesting giants (profiling people) vanished overnight
IRC Proceedings: Monday, November 27, 2023
IRC logs for Monday, November 27, 2023
When Microsoft Blocks Your Access to Free Software
"Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches." [Chicago Sun-Times]
Techrights Statement on 'Cancel Culture' Going Out of Control
relates to a discussion we had in IRC last night
Stuff People Write About Linux
revisionist pieces
Links 28/11/2023: Rosy Crow 1.4.3 and Google Drive Data Loss
Links for the day
Links 27/11/2023: Australian Wants Tech Companies Under Grip
Links for the day
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news
Links 27/11/2023: Underwater Data Centres and Gemini, BSD Style!
Links for the day
[Meme] Leaning Towards the Big Corporate CoC
Or leaning to "the green" (money)
Software Freedom Conservancy Inc in 2022: Almost Half a Million Bucks for Three People Who Attack Richard Stallman and Defame Linus Torvalds
Follow the money
[Meme] Identity Theft and Forgery
Coming soon...
Microsoft Has Less Than 1,000 Mail (MX) Servers Left, It's Virtually Dead in That Area (0.19% of the Market)
Exim at 254,000 servers, Postfix at 150,774, Microsoft down to 824
The Web is Dying, Sites Must Evolve or Die Too
Nowadays when things become "Web-based" it sometimes means more hostile and less open than before
Still Growing, Still Getting Faster
Articles got considerably longer too (on average)
In India, the One Percent is Microsoft and Mozilla
India is where a lot of software innovations and development happen, so this kind of matters a lot
Feeding False Information Using Sockpuppet Accounts and Imposters
online militants try every trick in the book, even illegal stuff
What News Industry???
Marketing, spam, and chatbots
IRC Proceedings: Sunday, November 26, 2023
IRC logs for Sunday, November 26, 2023
The Software Freedom Law Center's Eben Moglen Explains That We Already Had Free Software Almost Everywhere Before (Half a Century Ago)
how code was shared in the 1970s and 80s