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National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts: UK Round Up

January 23, 2011

News is coming in of protests and actions around the UK as part of the National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts called for the 24th January.

With a call to focus on the poverty pimps set to make hundreds of millions out of benefit reforms, many groups have chosen to target Atos Origin, the company responsible for the punitive medical testing of disability and sickness benefits.

In London a Party and Picnic has been called in Triton Square near Euston from 2pm.  Bring music, drums, whistles, banners, food to share and brighten up the faceless corporate wasteland that is home to poverty pimps Atos Origin Ltd. Beforehand Haringey Claimants Action Group (part of Haringey Sol Group) and Islington Poverty Action Group will be outside the Archway Examination Centre, 1a Elthorne Road, N19 from 11.30am on the 24th.

In Livingston,not far from Edinburgh, protesters will be visiting Atos Origin’s Scotland Office.  Visit the facebook page for more info, and be there from 10am.  There will also be anti-benefit cuts leafleting outside Atos in Glasgow.

Atos will also be the scene of a protest in Leeds called by local claimants and West Yorkshire Solidarity Federation.  Be at 1 Whitehall, Leeds from 10 am then a group will be visiting notorious poverty pimps A4e at noon (Ground Floor Zicon House Wade Lane Leeds LS2 8DD).

Tyneside Claimants Union have called a Protest and Picnic Against Benefit Cuts and Poverty Pimps – 11am Monday 24 January at A4e Newcastle (meet at Manors Metro)

In Birmingham  students will be protesting at the The Main Library, The University of Birmingham:

Even the Shires are revolting with a Protest Against Disability Cuts to be held in Lydney, Gloucestershire.  Meet outside the Co-op at 1pm.

A call has gone out for protest in Burnley, meet outside Burnley Town Hall at 12.30.

In Hastings activists will be laying a trail of Red Drops from Hastings to London.

Crawley – Meet 10am, The Boulevard (opposite Marks & Spencers):

Chesterfield – 2:30pm – 5:30pm – Jobcentre Plus and Atos Healthcare
Markham Road / Lordsmill Lane, Chesterfield:

Brighton – Using the 24th to publicise a bigger event against Atos Origin on the 5th Feb:

A few days earlier on the 20th Jan,  Cardiff’s Unemployed Daytime Disco returns promising DJs, Live Music, Spoken Word Artistes, bands, light shows & happenings.  And of course it’s all free.

Finally taking place everywhere the Second National Troll A Tory Day will take place on the 24th January for all those who can’t attend a protest in person.  Tell the bastards what you think.

If you are organising an event in your area that has not been mentioned please get in touch.  Either join the national event page and post details on the wall or email: notowelfarecuts (@)

22 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2011 12:09 am

    Do you mind if I repost this?

  2. January 15, 2011 10:24 am

    Please do!

  3. January 17, 2011 12:34 am

    There have been some posts on the Facebook site about not knowing how to find out if there is an event in a certain town outside of the London ones. There is nowhere central to go to check if there is an event in your neighbourhood or not so that you could decide whether to start one and then list it in a central place for others to then check. The UKUncut campaign on tax avoidance have got this section on their webiste – – that records all the known events and in which cities they are taking place and it says if there isnt anything listed for your town, “No action scheduled for where you are? Then organise one yourself! Read the blog post on organising an action and then list the action on the site.” Wonder if the Benefit Claimants Fightback site could create something similar that could list everything it knows is taking place and we could then keep checking it and if someone decided to organise something in a certain town, they could list it there.

  4. Anwen permalink
    January 18, 2011 7:53 am

    I won’t be able to attend the London protest as the whistles will render it inaccessible to me. I have an autistic spectrum disorder and fibromyalgia and whistles (particularly multiple ones all at slightly discordant frequencies) worsen my pain at best and send me into meltdown at worst. Given my current stress/pain/exhaustion levels (due mainly to BLOODY ATOS) it is likely to be the worse end of the spectrum.

  5. Jeannie Benn permalink
    January 18, 2011 11:15 am

    Anything happening in Newcastle on 24th?

  6. Tim permalink
    January 18, 2011 2:52 pm

    Are you passing on info about activity and demonstrations to False Economy?

  7. wishface permalink
    January 24, 2011 9:04 am

    Having just lost the fight against the pox that is ATOS i haven’t the money to travel (life in the sticks on benefits is not easy) and there are no local protests. However for those that are involved I send out much good vibes and respect. Fight the good fight! We cannot afford to lose.

  8. January 24, 2011 12:53 pm

    Good luck to all of you who are protesting. I just found out about this today so too late to join in. But I’m with you in spirit.

  9. wishface permalink
    January 24, 2011 6:20 pm

    So how has today gone? Any news from these protests?

    • January 24, 2011 9:52 pm

      Here are my photos from today’s ATOS Origin protest at Triton Square:

      • wishface permalink
        January 25, 2011 8:42 am

        Excellent stuff.

        As usual the cops toe the establishment line (it would seem).

  10. January 25, 2011 1:07 pm

    ATOS offices in Leeds close for the day!! On the 24th January as part of the National Day of Action against benefit cuts, WYSF, Black Triangle and claimants picketed ATOS and A4e. Staff at ATOS where told not to go into work, so it was a success. Many leaflets where given out at both locations and we got a lot of positive responses. A successfull day!

  11. andy myers permalink
    May 22, 2012 1:12 am

    if the goverment carnt identify with the problems of disabled people… then they r sufering with schitsafrenia


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