National Day of Action Against Atos Origin and the poverty pimps!
Take Action Against Atos Origin and the Poverty Pimps on the 30th September 2011.
We aren’t going anywhere!
Atos Origin have £300 million contract with the Con-dem Government to continue carrying out ‘work capability assessments’.
It is claimed assessments are to test what people can do rather than what they can’t. The real purpose is to strip benefits from as many people as possible.
This testing system has already led to people with terminal illnesses and severe medical conditions being declared fit for work and having benefits cut. GP’s are ignored in favour of decisions made by Atos Origin’s computer.
Plans announced for the scrapping of Disability Living Allowance have also revealed that this intrusive testing is likely to be extended to everyone on some form of disability or health related benefit.
To date around 40% of appeals against Atos Origin’s decisions have been successful.
Atos have now extended their harassment of sick and disabled by using legal threats to silence websites which have been critical of them: http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/atos-origin-vs-the-internet-stop-atos-censorsing-the-web/
Organise and take action on the 30th September! Please list details in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try maintain a list here.
A list of Atos Origins locations can be found at: http://www.uk.atosorigin.com/en-uk/about_us/locations/
Cities organising include London, Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hastings, Manchester and Nottingham.
Friday, September 30 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Pedestrianised area of Hockley, outside Jugglers at the crossing of Broad St/Carlton St/Stoney St
A protest against ATOS and the their unfair capability assessments, designed to strip claimants of their disability benefits.
Assemble in Hockley to head over to protest at the ATOS assessment centre on Stoney Street: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=278089295537408
In London people will be gathering outside the BMJ Recruitment Fair where Atos will be attempting to recruit yet more ‘disability assessors': http://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/protest-atos-outside-the-bmj-recruitment-fair-30th-sept/
Please blog, tweet, spread the word!
Nearly 30 websites are now publishing material in defiance of Atos legal threats.