National Week of Action Against Atos Origin begins Monday 9th May
Disability activists, claimant groups and anti-cuts campaigners have called a week of action against poverty pimps Atos Origin beginning on Monday 9th May with a picnic and party in Triton Square*, home of their head office, at 2pm.
Both announced and unannounced protests are set to take place around the UK outside the offices and testing centres operated by Atos Origin.
Atos Origin have just begun a £300 million contract by the Con-dem Government to carry out ‘work capability assessments’ on all of those claiming Incapacity Benefit.
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.
On the 24th January and 14th April claimants from around the country demonstrated outside Atos Origins premises, with many choosing to close for the day rather than face their ‘clients’. We call on all groups around the UK to take action against these parasites who have been dubbed ‘the racial purity and euthanasia arm of the DWP’
Please join, share and invite friends to the facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121624627914913
A list of Atos Origin’s corporate offices can be found at: http://www.uk.atosorigin.com/en-uk/about_us/locations/
Atos testing centres are listed at: http://www.atoshealthcarejobs.co.uk/locations.html
If you are holding an event, protest or action in your home town please add details on the wall below to have your event added to this page and the website. Alternatively contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, May 12 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Unison offices, 19th floor McClaren Tower, Priory Queensway. B4 7NN
Public Meeting: Benefit Cuts: Who are they targeting? How can we stop them? – called by DPAC and Right To Work
Then on Friday May 13th at noon outside Waterstones bookshop opposite bull statue in Bullring centre join them for leafleting and street theatre ‘ The Computer Says NO’ an adaptation of a Brighton Benefit Campaign play.
Brighton DPAC and Brighton Solidarity Federation are picketing ATOS Healthcare poverty pimps on Tuesday May 10th 9-10am & Friday May 13th 4-5pm, Lees House, 21 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 – in solidarity with DPAC week of action against ATOS. Join them!
1:00PM Saturday, May 14th
Montague Street Worthing – POSTPONED, possibly until the 21st – keep an eye on Brighton Benefits Campaign’s page for more details:
As part of the week of protest, Brighton Benefits Campaign will be performing our play ‘Dick Whittington & His Work Capability Assessment or The Computer Says No!’ for the good people of Worthing.
Please join us to support, leaflet & shout at the Computer!
Bristol – 3.30-5.30 Thursday 12th May
After a previous successful demonstration outside ATOS, Flowers Hill, voicing our dissent at the way this Government is attacking the most vulnerable in our society and using ATOS as a way of doing it, we are asking you join us for another demonstration between 3.30-5.30 Thursday 12th May 2011 outside ATOS, Flowers Hill, Brislington.
Wednesday, May 11 · 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Outside Atos Healthcare, 24 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1BS, UK (Opposite St. Paul’s Church)
Join a national week of action against Atos ‘Healthcare’, a private company who have been contracted by the government to declare people fit to work, hounding them off benefits at a time when the Access to Work Scheme is under attack.
We’ll be assembling outside the building in a forecourt off the pavement so it should be a wheelchair accessible event.
Saturday 14th of May, 3pm
Atos Campaign Meeting
Arts Picturehouse Bar, Cambridge, above Wetherspoons on St Andrew’s Street
A meeting called to take the local campaign against Atos further. All welcome: https://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/cambridge-atos-campaign-meeting-14th-may/
Cardiff – Monday, May 9 · 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Disability Benefits Building, St Agnes Street, Gabalfa, Cardiff
As part of the National Week of Action against Benefit Cuts and Atos Origin kicking off on Monday 9th of May, we will be staging a protest outside the Disability Benefits Building at St. Agnes road, Gabalfa, Cardiff.
Bring music, drums, banners, placards, snacks to share and brighten up the faceless corporate wasteland that is the Benefits Building!
Cardiff Unemployed Daytime Disco #5
Monday 16 May, 2 – 8 pm, The Rockin Chair, Lower Cathedral Road, Riverside, Cardiff
So you thought Unemployed Daytime Disco #4 was good??
Wait till you hear about Unemployed Daytime Disco #5…!
Between 12 and 2pm on Friday 13th May
Medway Against the Cuts (MAC) will be holding a protest picket of the ATOS Testing Centre at 1a Batchelor St Chatham between 12 and 2pm on Friday 13th May. Medway Against the Cuts can be contacted at medway-against-the email@example.com
11.00am – 1.00pm Monday, 9th May
Atos Origin, 44 York Place, (near top of Broughton St)
The Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty and Black Triangle will be protesting outside ATOS healthcare offices in Edinburgh on Monday the 9th of May.
Picket and Picnic at Atos
Ca’D’Oro Building, 45 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3PE
Bring food to share. Part of the National Week of Action Against Atos.
Atos Healthcare, 7/8 Queens Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1QP
There will be a protest at the Atos office in Hastings on Tuesday 10th May at 9:30am
Liverpool – Picket Atos Origin
Monday, May 9 · 11:30am – 2:30pm
Atos Origin, The Plaza, Old Hall Street, Liverpool
As part of this week of action, Liverpool Solidarity Federation are calling for all those who stand in support of disabled people to join us in a picket of their offices in Liverpool the same day.
Assemble in The Plaza, Old Hall Street, at 11.30am on Monday 9th May. Bring flags, banners, and placards.
Picket and Leaflet Atos Archway
Thursday, May 12 · 11:00am – 2:00pm
1a Elthorne Road, off Holloway Road, Archway
As part of the National Week of Action Against Atos Origin, claimants groups, disabled people and anti-cuts protesters will be picketing and leafleting the Atos ‘Healthcare’ offices in Archway.
Bring placards, banners, leaflets from 11am!
Party and Protest in Triton Square
Monday, May 9 – 2pm
Claimants will also be leafleting outside Atos Origin/DWP Offices on Lisson Grove, NW1 from 11am
London – Hardest Hit March – 11 May
Thousands of disabled people, family and friends are expected to march. There are many ways to participate, including online – visit: http://thehardesthit.wordpress.com/
Some of us autonomous claimants plan to attend and will be meeting up with WinVisible at 11.30 on Victoria Embankment at the corner of Derby Gate SW1. The march will go past Parliament towards Millbank, ending at Dean Stanley St. The nearest tube station is Westminster. Bring anti-atos placards, leaflets etc
Manchester– Wednesday, May 11 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Albert Bridge House, Bridge Street, Manchester
Called by Manchester Coalition Against Cuts. If your organisation would like to support this demonstration please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
11 May · 17:00 – 18:30 Grey’s Monument, Newcastle
Coalition of Resistance supporters will be at Monument from 5pm on Wednesday 11th May in support of ‘Rights not Charity’, supporting campaigns by benefit claimants and disabled people facing cuts to benefits.
11:00AM Monday, May 9th
Day of action against ATOS origin and Office Angels / Adecco
Meet at 11am outside Office Angels (located in the city centre past the right lion. Next door to MAC and opposite The Square bar/club)
Monday, May 11 – 11am
Plymouth Claimants Union will be demonstrating outside the Atos Origin Argosy House , Marsh Mills , medical centre in Plymouth from 11.00 am Monday 9th May. Free transport from city centre. Cntact email@example.com
There is now a Cornwall DPAC group formed which may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org We are holding a protest day in Truro and going to the ATOS office. Meet outside Weatherspoons in Lemon Quay at 10.30am on Wednesday May 11.
York Welfare Campaign Group has organised a protest/photo op/leafletting session for Friday 13th May as part of a UK-wide week of action against Atos Origin, a company contracted to carry out the government’s “work capability assessments”.
In York, we will be leafletting from 8am-9am, meeting outside Banana Warehouse on Piccadilly (round the corner from the Atos offices), followed by a photo op with the Press.
International Week of Virtual Protest Against Atos Origin
o Armchair Army
o Anti-Benefit Cuts Glasgow
o Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign
o Brighton Benefits Campaign
o Bristol & District Anti-Cuts Alliance (BADACA)
o Cardiff’s Unemployed Daytime Disco
o Carer Watch
o Claimants Fightback
o Crippen – Disabled Cartoonist
o Defend Glasgow Services Campaign
o Diary of a Benefit Scrounger
o Disabled People Against Cuts
o Dundee Unemployed Workers
o East Lancs Right to Work
o Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty (ECAP)
o Free London Listings
o Goldsmiths in Occupation
o Haringey Solidarity Group
o International Federation of Iraqi Refugees
o Ipswich Unemployed Action
o Islington Deaf and Disabled People Against Cuts
o Islington Hands Off Our Public Services (IHOOPS)
o Islington Poverty Action
o John McDonnell, MP
o Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group
o Lancaster and Morecambe Against the Cuts
o London Autistic Rights Movement
o Liverpool Solidarity Federation
o London Coalition Against Poverty (LCAP)
o London Foodbank
o Mad Pride
o Medway Against The Cuts
o Mental Health Resistance Network
o Milton Keynes Coalition of Resistance
o Norfolk Community Action Group
o Nottingham Anarchist Federation
o Nottingham Claimants’ Union
o Nuneaton Against Benefit Cuts
o Nurses Against Atos
o Oxford Save Our Services
o Plymouth Claimants Union
o Queer Resistance
o Redhill Coalition Against Cuts
o Right To Work Campaign
o Save Our Services in Reading
o Single Mothers’ Self-Defence
o Social Work Action Network (SWAN)
o Torbay & District Anti-Cuts Alliance
o Tyne and Wear Coalition of Resistance
o Tyneside Claimants Union
o UNITE Scottish Housing Associations Branch
o Welfare Action Hackney
o Welfare Rights 4 u (UK)
o West Yorkshire Solidarity Federation
o Where’s the Benefit?
o WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities)
o Work Programme & Flexible New Deal Scandal
o World Homeless Day
Please contact us to be added to the list.
*Triton Square is on the North side of Euston Road, just over the road from Warren Street tube and less than five minutes from Euston/Euston Square or Great Portland Street tube stations.