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trained: the EPO strike force
But this time, she has found something different. A correspondent (to whom a Katpat - you know who you are) has alerted the IPKat to news of a STRIKE planned at the EPO, and so Merpel went to investigate.
Just a year ago, readers will recall, examiners at the UK
- Presidential communication:
1. the President needs to clarify his remarks regarding Chinese prior art in the ManagingIP.com interview via a Communique and to request a correction,
2. the CSC should be allowed to publish one page in the Gazette to put into context the President's trivialisation of the present social unrest as a situation normal at the EPO.
- E-mails: removal of the 50 recipients cap, abolishment of the block on all union e-mails to staff and withdrawal of the warning letters sent to staff.
- Adoption of Social Democracy: introduction of separation of powers and social dialogue
- Change of Disciplinary committee: re-nomination of a DG3 member as Chairman in order to continue the 30-year independence of this body
- Evolution of the Investigation Guidelines: amendment of Circ. 341 and 342 in line with European Law
- Strike Regulations: withdrawal of Circ. 347 (new strike regulations)
In furtherance of these objectives, a strike ballot has been held, and 4119 out of the 6803 eligible employees have voted, which represents a quorum (40% is required for a quorum). Of these, 3697, around 90% of the votes cast, are in favour of strike action.
It has been notified that the strike will be held on 21, 24 and 25 March, and 14, 15, 16, 17 April.