Benefit Cuts Campaigners to Target Atos Recruitment
Disabled people, benefits claimants and supporters are to target recruitment events hosted by IT company Atos Origin. Pickets outside two events have been called so far where protesters have vowed to make sure potential Atos ‘Healthcare’ workers will know exactly how their future employers operate.
All claimants on health related benefits are set to be retested by Atos, using a computerised system which has seen thousands wrongly stripped of benefits and been described as ‘unfit for purpose’.
Atos rely on Doctors, nurses and midwives to carry out the tests – as one nurse, and former employee of Atos has said: “It’s against my principles to treat people with long term illnesses in such a disgusting way, so I had to give it up.
“People go into those interviews and talk openly to you because you are a nurse and they trust you.
“Then your skills are used against them, to take away their benefits and destroy their lives.”
The first protest will be held at the Atos Medical Assessment Centre, Corunna House, 29 Cadogon Street, Glasgow on Monday 6th June between 6pm and 8pm.
A planning meeting has been called on Thursday 26th May at The Free Hetherington, part of the Glasgow University Occupation. More details can be found at: https://www2.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/05/479777.html
Facebook page is at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=229065417107163
Protesters will also gather outside the BMJ Recruitment Fair on September 29th where Atos plan to exhibit: https://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/protest-atos-origin-outside-the-bmj-recruitment-fair-29th-september/
Atos are carrying out more recruitment events around the country. You can find details at: http://www.atoshealthcarejobs.co.uk/events.html