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Salary Adjustment Procedure (SAP) at the EPO and Why Workers' Salary is Actually Decreasing Each Year (Currency Loses Its Purchasing Power)

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Feb 27, 2024,
updated Feb 27, 2024

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Recent: While the EPO Decreased Budget for Steps and Promotions by 36% the Staff Spoke Out (Patent Examiners Lacking Incentives to Improve Their Work)

THE recent presentation regarding the Salary Adjustment Procedure (SAP) was an outline and update on a years-old blunder. The understaffed EPO was subjected to de facto paycuts, or lack of adjustment of salaries to keep up with inflation. So despite seniority or growing experience, salaries would not increase at all, not even a little (at one point it was 0%). That's despite the rules mandating so.

In the General Assembly the following slides were shown:

EPO SAP update slide 1

EPO SAP update slide 2

EPO SAP update slide 3

EPO SAP update slide 4

Despite granting loads of European Patents, including many illegal ones such as European software patents (JUVE now reports that the illegal UPC mostly or primarily deals with these), Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos would not compensate the staff and instead try to replace the staff with scabs. At this point the Office looks exploitative and eager to break the law in pursuit of money or financialization.

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