The situation at WIPO has become extremely alarming for staff. After having fired the President of the WIPO Staff Association in September 2014, the WIPO Director General is now leading efforts to destroy the duly elected WIPO Staff Council and replace it with a more compliant management-friendly model. At the same time WIPO Member States are still struggling to obtain a copy of the OIOS investigation report which contains the findings of the investigation into allegations that the WIPO Director General corrupted an IT procurement process and was involved in the theft of staff members’ personal effects for DNA analysis without their knowledge.
The WIPO Staff Association has denounced the Director General’s illegal interference in the staff’s right to manage their own affairs in regard to staff representation as well as the Director General’s retaliation against the duly elected Staff Council for its whistleblowing activities.
More information on the WIPO situation is available via the below links:
27 May 2016: Fox News article
6 May 2016: US Congressman Chris Smith’s news item
4 May 2016 : The Register article
28 April 2016 : US Congress letter to US Secretary of State
11 February 2016 : WIPO Staff Association e-mail to all WIPO staff
The WIPO Staff Association would like to extend its appreciation to staff around the world for the continued support and solidarity.