Mr Benoit Battistelli
President of the EPO
ISAR – R.1081
Call for strike – “RESPECT STAFF”
Date: 22 May 2017
Dear Mr. President,
The Central Staff Committee (CSC) and the Local Staff Committees (LSC) of all sites call for a strike – “RESPECT STAFF” around the next Administrative Council.
Reasons for strike
Three years after the inception of “social democracy” and two and half years after the introduction of the “new career system” the situation in the Office is more toxic than ever. There are many reasons for discontent, but these are the most prominent and urgent:
Lack of respect for the Rule of law and fundamental rights of staff
Disastrous consequences of the reforms and new practices for
The health of staff
The quality of the service rendered by the EPO to Europe
The reputation of the Office
Staff representation resources and prerogatives are reduced even further as of 1.7.2017, to a level that makes the effective representation of staff interests impossible. The President’s persistence in wanting to increase his arbitrary powers, which is an affront not only to Staff but also to the Council and its legislative intent as expressed in CA/26/16 and CA/32/17.
These issues must be solved urgently to avoid irreparable damage. This requires a change not only in certain regulations, but also in the attitude of the Administration towards staff. We reiterate our proposal to involve an external professional mediator to facilitate productive discussions with the Office administration.
The Staff Representation
For the Central Staff Committee
We confirm that this letter was legitimately decided and produced by the Central Staff Committee. Pursuant to Article 35(3) ServRegs, the Central Staff Committee shall consist of ten full and ten alternate members. The CSC presently consists of 8 full and 7 alternate members, because two have resigned in December 2014, one has been dismissed in January 2016 (against the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee), one resigned as of October 2016, one has been further dismissed in November 2016 and one refused replacement of a full member since November 2016 and a further one since December 2014 against Article 7(3) of Circular 355.