A Month of Festive Action Against Atos and the Benefit Cuts
Join us in December for a month of protests, actions and demonstrations against poverty pimps Atos and the condem government’s Welfare Reform Bill.
With thousands to face homelessness in the New Year due to housing benefit cuts, the harassment and further impoverishment of hundreds of thousands of disabled people due to punitive ‘assessments’, the continued persecution of people on sickness benefits, soaring unemployment and forced labour in the name of Workfare, a truly Victorian Christmas is on the cards for millions of us.
Whilst Atos CEO and disability denier Keith Wilman tucks into his organic Christmas turkey or multi-millionaire poverty pimp Emma Harrison of A4e hangs tinsel in her tax payer funded stately home, millions of disabled, low paid, unemployed or sick people are facing a future of poverty, worsening health and homelessness.
Parents will be spending Christmas terrified that the new demands of conditionally for benefits, such as forcing single mothers into workfare schemes, will leave them unable to properly care for their children. People will life threatening conditions or mental health problems will be terrified that their upcoming Atos assessment, notoriously flawed as it is, will further strip them of vital and life saving benefits. Tens of thousands of low waged families are about to be socially cleansed from city centres due to housing benefit cuts whilst unemployed people face the prospect of being forced to work full time and still survive on just a few pounds a day.
The Welfare Reform Bill will see millions of disabled people forced into a similar, if not identical, testing regime for the new Personal Independence Payment that has tragically led to suicides amongst people already forced to undertake Atos’ Work Capability Assessments
For the last year disabled people, claimant activists and supporters have been protesting against the inhumane treatment being inflicted on already vulnerable people. Scores of protests have been held outside (and sometimes inside) the offices of Atos ‘Healthcare’, the largest ever march of disabled people and supporters has taken place, protests have been held outside the Daily Mail, A4e offices and other workfare providers and online activity about benefit issues has exploded.
Still the Tory Government pushes ahead, with their Lib Dem lap dogs never far ahead. We need more than ever to increase the pressure and fight these attacks on our most basic needs and very survival. Organise and help spread the word now, please list all local actions, protests below and we will do our best to help promote and support all events as well as list them here.
Alternatively why not gather up your friends and turn up to spread seasonal cheer at your local Atos unannounced and then tell us about it afterwards. Everyone loves a surprise guest at Christmas!
We will not stop until they kill us.
A list of Atos corporate offices can be found at: http://uk.atos.net/en-uk/a bout_us/locations/
A PDF of all Atos Assessment Centres is available at: http://www.atoshealthcare.com/UserFiles/File/fact-sheets/2011/Assessment%20Centre%20Location%20List_July%202011.pdf
12th December & 19th December
Brighton DPAC telephone and email blockade of Brighton ATOS Healthcare.
16th December 10-12am
Atos Benefit Testing Centre, 44 York Place, Edinburgh
Join us in this protest and in leafleting and showing solidarity with claimants going into ATOS.
16th December 1.30-2.30pm
Atos Medical Assessment Centre, Corunna House, 29 Cadogan Street
Anti-Atos Leafleting plus giving claimants advice on appeals and what to do during benefits medical assessments.
Anti-Capitalist Carol Singing outside Atos Part 2
16th Dec – 5-6pm
Outside Atos Offices, Ca’D’Oro Building, 45 Gordon Street, Glasgow
1st December – 5.30pm-6.30pm
LSE Campus, Aldwych
Protest at Iain Duncan Smith’s LSE Talk. Millionaire Iain Duncan Smith wants you to join his army of unpaid workers. Come and expose his doublespeak!
3rd December – 2pm
Olympic Park, Stratford
Protest Against Atos Outside the Paralympic Test Event!
14th December – 9am
Downing Street, London SW1
The Right to Work Campaign will be protesting in Central London on
to highlight the scandal of mass unemployment to coincide with the announcement of the unemployment figures.
16th December – 2pm
Triton Square, London NW1
A Real Victorian Christmas Party and Picnic at Triton Square
12th Decmber – 23rd December
A Rolling Festive Phone-in to Atos ‘Healthcare’
Sign the petition against benefit cuts: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968
Also on the 17th December – Join the UKUncut Christmas Special: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/christmas-special