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‘Grave concern’ over staffing issues at patent office

A union representing staff at the European Patent Office has complained to the office's head about ongoing staffing problems, with a strike reportedly being considered for the end of June.

The president of a federation of unions that includes the EPO staff union wrote to the EPO president António Campinos on 23 May. He flagged the federation’s “grave concern” about the “leftover dysfunctional policies” that he said have been allowed to continue since Campinos took charge in July 2018. 

Brett Fitzgerald, head of the Federation of International Civil Servants’ Association, called for a “thorough reappraisal” of the EPO’s organisational culture, values and human resource practices. He asked that Campinos urgently meet with staff representatives to discuss their concerns.

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