H/T Greg Aharonian.
There’s a war going on at the European Patent Office (EPO), EPO President Batistelli against the staff. Since the EPO is outside any national law, the president can impose any rule he deems fit. He has recently forbidden union officials and staff representatives to send emails, and has taken disciplinary measures against those who infringed these new rules.One staff representative was degraded, another suspended. We have almost daily demonstrations now, and a strike vote next week. The president tried to declare strikes illegal but did not succeed yet.Enough is enough, Emperor Batistelli has to go.
The below letter was sent by the Union representing Patent Examiners, to the Chairman.