Staff at the European Patent Office’s (EPO) four sites will hold a one day strike on Thursday, April 7. The strike will take place at the EPO offices in Munich, The Hague, Berlin and Vienna.
In a letter sent to EPO president Benoît Battistelli and seen by WIPR, the EPO’s Central Staff Committee (CSC) said no progress has been made on its demands since staff members voted in favor of striking last month. The CSC had called for an immediate suspension of disciplinary measures put in place against three staff representatives earlier this year, a “truly independent review” of their cases by a body that is trusted by managers and staff, a revocation of recent changes to the EPO’s service regulations, and an initiation of open and fair negotiations.
The EPO is preparing a statement. An update will be issued once further information becomes available.