02/05/2017

[FICSA] Update on WIPO

Dear Colleagues,

Following Council's request that the FICSA membership be provided updates relative to staff-management relations in some of the more troubling organizations, we would like to provide you with the attached document published yesterday by a lawyer who is currently defending a Geneva-based journalist who had reported on the relatively recent FICSA/CCISUA organized demonstration against the WIPO Director General.

The document states that the Swiss Ambassador who this time lent his name to the WIPO Director General's criminal complaint,  is the same Ambassador who had allegedly helped the WIPO Director General when WIPO staff members' stolen personal effects were illegally transmitted to a Swiss laboratory for DNA analysis several years ago, without the staff members' knowledge and consent.  An OIOS investigation was blocked due to the Swiss/Geneva authorities' refusal to cooperate with the OIOS investigators.

The WIPO Director General has now put into place his own Staff Council, denying the rights of more than 600 WIPO Staff Association dues-paying members to be represented and defended by the elected leaders of their Staff Association in discussions and negotiations with the WIPO Director General.

FICSA will continue to provide advice and assistance to the WIPO Staff Association for as long as this unacceptable situation persists.

You can access the document via the following link:
RESPECTING FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AT THE UNITED NATIONS - article by Matthew Parish 25-04-2017

With best regards,

Gemma

Gemma Vestal
FICSA General Secretary
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25/04/2017

[Bayerischer Landtag] Tagesordnung für die 102. Plenarsitzung des Bayerischen Landtags

Please be informed that according to the the website of the Bayerische landtag, the Freie Wähler motion, regarding basic rights for EPO employees, will be discussed today, 25.04.2017, between 14.00-23.00 hr. Unfortunately we cannot inform you on the exact time. We can only inform you that  it is motion 23 of 29 motions to be discussed.

For further information see https://www.bayern.landtag.de/aktuelles/:

Plenarsitzung des Bayerischen Landtags - Dienstag, 25. April 2017 14:00 Uhr – 23:00 Uhr

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23.       Antrag der Abgeordneten Hubert Aiwanger, Florian Streibl, Gabi Schmidt u.a. und Fraktion (FREIE WÄHLER): In München nichts Neues: Grundrechte der Bediensteten des Europäischen Patentamts endlich sicherstellen!, Drs. 17/15259, 17/16099 (A).
Beratungszeit: 32 Min. | Gesamtredezeit der Fraktionen: 24 Min.

Im federführenden Ausschuss für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten sowie regionale Beziehungen waren
Berichterstatterin: Gabi Schmidt
Mitberichterstatter: Walter Taubeneder

19/04/2017

April 2017 press articles

This document provides a non-exhaustive list of some articles, blog posts or videos published in April 2017 (sorted in reverse chronological order, not necessarily by relevance). Latest additions are highlighted in yellow:

03/04/2017

[Bayerischer Landtag] Tagesordnung für die 101. Plenarsitzung des Bayerischen Landtags

Plenarsitzung des Bayerischen Landtags - Donnerstag, 6. April 2017 9:00 Uhr – 18:00 Uhr

Antrag der Abgeordneten Hubert Aiwanger, Florian Streibl, Gabi Schmidt u.a. und Fraktion (FREIE WÄHLER) In München nichts Neues: Grundrechte der Bediensteten des Europäischen Patentamts endlich sicherstellen! Drs. 17/15259, 17/16069

(A) Im federführenden Ausschuss für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten sowie regionale Beziehungen waren Berichterstatterin: Gabi Schmidt Mitberichterstatter: Walter Taubeneder

Beratungszeit: 32 Min.
Gesamtredezeit der
Fraktionen: 24 Min.

28/03/2017

March 2017 press articles

This document provides a non-exhaustive list of some articles, blog posts or videos published in March 2017 (sorted in reverse chronological order, not necessarily by relevance). Latest additions are highlighted in yellow:

15/03/2017

[IPSO] Letter from IPSO to Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas on dismissal at EPO

Letter of support from the International and European Public Services Organisation (IPSO), The European Central Bank's recognized trade union for ECB staff to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas on dismissal at the European Patent Office.

Translations are available in English, French and Dutch.

15/03/2017

[CERN] Solidarity message from CERN dated 15 March 2017

Letter of support sent by Mr. Ghislain Roy, President of CERN Staff Association to the Staff Union of the European Patent Office in

  • Munich         - French and English version

  • The Hague    - French and English version

15/03/2017

Actions continue at the European Patent Office: next demonstration on 15 March 2017

SUEPO Munich organises on Wednesday 15 March 2017 a demonstration in Munich in front of the EPO Isar building starting at 12.30h.

14/03/2017

[FICSA] Letter sent by Mr. El-Tabari, President of the FICSA to Mr. Battistelli President of the EPO on 13 March 2017

Letter sent by the FICSA, the biggest Federation of Civil Servants at UN level, which represents more than 20,000 Staff in the International Civil Service, to President Battistelli on 13 March 2017.

14/03/2017

[EPO-Flyer Team] Open Letter - by email on 13 March 2017 to the Heads of Delegation

Open Letter from the EPO-Flyer Team - by email on 13 March 2017 to the Heads of Delegation.

Time to put an end to the deterioration of the European Patent system.