back to article European Patent Office inks deal with staff union it isn't locked in death spiral with

The European Patent Office (EPO) has come good on its promise to sign an agreement with its staff union – just not the union that it has spent more than a year locked in combat with. The new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by EPO President Benoît Battistelli and chair of the EPO arm of the FFPE European civil …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    When I worked at the EPO ....

    It was the only place where more than 50% of the staff (in a survey) would prefer to leave even if they took a pay drop. As opposed to staying with a pay rise. Quite an indictment.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    FFPE represents only 1% of staff

    Just to put this in perspective, the union which has signed this MOU represents only 1% of staff, is biased towards one specific nationality (Dutch), was set up specifically to complain about the expat privileges of non-Dutch staff and is only open to staff in the Netherlands. Thus it is not even slightly representative of the majority of staff at the EPO.

    The FFPE btw are something of a laughing stock at the EPO and haven't even been active for years - their public pages haven't been updated since 2008 I believe.

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