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Dundee Protest Outside Atos – April 14th

April 10, 2011

Protesters should gather at Caledonian House, Greenmarket, Dundee, from 12.30 on Thursday 14th April for a peaceful but lively protest against the abysmal role of private company Atos Healthcare in administering unfair tests which force sick and disabled clients off benefits.

From 4 April, the Con-Dem government has started a three year project to reassess all 1.5 million incapacity benefit claimants. The brutal Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is feared by many disabled people. About one and a quarter million people, now on incapacity benefit, will lose £25 a week. Because of sanctions and compulsion, many will lose all their benefits.

We will be inviting the press to attend from 1pm so please bring placards, and as many friends as you can!

These cutbacks will cost lives, and plunge many individuals and their families into misery. It is the responsibility of us all to oppose these cuts, and support all those workers and others fighting to stop all the cuts. The magnificent demo of at least 500,000 in London has shown the determination across the country to resist! Many workers are now rightly planning strikes in order to save jobs, services and benefits which are threatened.

This office where we will be protesting is where medicals are carried out so we need to be sensitive to the feelings of claimants going in and out. Also, the building houses other departments and workers who have nothing to do with Atos. A strong protest at the building where we can put our point across will show to all who face these attacks that there is a fightback, and we are determined to make Cameron, Clegg and IDS back off!

This protest is supported by Black Triangle (disabled rights group), Dundee Unemployed Support Centre, Defend Dundee Services, and trade unionists. It is part of a national day of action including protests in London, Leeds, Poole, Brighton and Bristol.

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