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August 7, 2012

Join The Atos Games!

On your marks, get set…
for a week of Paralympic fun and games against Atos!

From Monday 27th to Friday 31st of August, join Disabled People Against Cuts for The Atos Games – five days of action against a company that’s sponsoring the Paralympics but wrecking disabled people’s lives.

We are calling on disabled people, disabled activists, families, colleagues, friends and supporters to come together and fight back against Atos’s attacks. Atos represents as dangerous an opponent as any government, law or barrier the disability movement has faced in its long history. It’s not just welfare, but our very identity and our place within society that is under attack.

And we are asking the whole of the anti-cuts movement to join us in our opposition to the company most responsible for driving through the government’s brutal cuts agenda. Let’s make it Games over for Atos!

We’re not against the Paralympics or the people taking part in it. We’re highlighting the hypocrisy of Atos, a company that soon may be taking disability benefits from the people winning medals for Team GB.

Ever since George Osborne announced he was slashing £18 billion from the welfare budget, the government has paid Atos £100 million a year to test 11,000sick and disabled people every week, then decide whether they’re ‘fit for work’.

Atos uses an inhumane computer programme to do the testing, and trains its staff to push people off benefits. The government has admitted the tests are flawed, and the British Medical Association wants them to end immediately.

But Atos continues to devastate people’s lives. Many have committed suicide because of its testing programme, and over 1,000 people have died of their illnesses soon after being found ‘fit for work’.

We won’t let them get away with murder, so join in The Atos Games however you can – online, on the phone, or on the streets!

·         Monday 27th: A coffin full of your messages about Atos will be delivered to its doorstep.
·         Tuesday 28th: Pay a visit to your local Atos office – and maybe even take your protest inside!
·         Wednesday 29th: We’ll hold a spoof Paralympic awards ceremony, hopefully with some very special guests…
·         Thursday 30th: Phone jam! Let’s flood Atos with calls, and generate a Twitter-storm they can’t ignore!
·         Then on Friday 31st, join us in London where we’re teaming up with UK Uncut for the Grand Finale – an audacious, daring and disruptive action. Last time we shut down Oxford Circus, this time we will be performing miracles…!
11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2012 3:13 am

    I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which leads to panic attacks and hyper- vigilance so have problems leaving my home, I am also in pain all the time caused by a now recognised condition Fibromyalgia which as led to problems with my hips so have pain walking so Mentally and Physically Disabled and went to one of these ATOS interviews, during this interview I had a panic attack and had problems explaining my self to the examiner I could tell she wanted shut of me and made the excuse for me to leave she later told the Department of Work and Pensions that I had refused to answer questions and was uncooperative to which they then stopped my money immediately and all help with my rent because of the blatant lie she made, it took almost 3 months to get my money back I had near nothing to live on, and was thinking I would loose my home, support from my mother and friend’s was a god send but during which I was near to suicide several times is this what they are really after?

    I must also add ive contacted several solicitors hoping to get help against future lies from the person at ATOS and none will, the only advice I got was to see my MP..

    How can you protect yourself against a person with so much power over your life…

    • jod permalink
      September 6, 2012 6:58 pm

      Please read the Lotus Sutra interpreted by Nichiren Daishonin, best English translation by Burton Watson, it shows a better path to take, where all people have compassion and caring for others; we are all responsible for our thoughts, actions and deeds without time restrictions.

      No one has power over you even if they are trying to take away your benefits, please read about Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism.

  2. August 15, 2012 3:00 am

    Why has Atos not mentioned about the mentalHealth isssues people suffer with so they are unable to go to work? My husband has aspd while i have severe unstable emotional borderline personality disorder. Why is it that there is no mention of mental health problems.

  3. Sonia Davis permalink
    August 16, 2012 2:17 pm

    My name is Sonia Davis, I am a police officer working in the Protest Liaison Team for the Metropolitan Police. I’d be grateful if someone could make contact with me re the forthcoming ATOS GAMES. It is, of course, everyone’s right to protest peacefully and I would just like to ensure that we open dialogue, so that we can help your cause to be heard and ensure that we have the necessary resources to be there for you on the day. Please email me at Liaison.Team@Met.pnn.police.uk or call 07867 900349, thank you.

  4. Sarah permalink
    August 29, 2012 6:18 pm

    Protests, websites. People travelling to ATOS for protests. Doesn’t all this action and effort simply prove that all those protesting can carry out a level of work and therefore by doing this they are simply proving they can (to some extent) work?

    If you can ring ATOS or use twitter you can use a computer and a telephone! You are working.

    Also whatever company does these assessements will get a backlash if it wasn’t ATOS it would be another company. it’s a no win whoever does it!

    I hope everyone agrees there are many people who should be in work and are not, equally there are some who cannot work.

    Finding out who should and who shouldn’t is pretty hard and will never be easy. I think those who need benefits should be blaming those blagers who falsely claim, they are the ones who are to blame and have led to this assessment requirement.

  5. sally case permalink
    August 30, 2012 10:41 am

    The previous blogger would no doubt join in the protests against atos if she had a medical assessment with them for either mental or physical dysfunction, only to find that their agenda means no matter what her difficulties, no matter what her own doctor knows about her condition, THE EXAMINER (A NON MEDICAL PERSON) is AT LIBERTY TO CALL HER AND HER DOCTOR A LIAR, then lie on paper themselves having manipulated anything discussed for thier own purposes. That is the job they are paid to do. If this unscrupulous farce of an assessment causes further stress and a lot of suicide, it doesn’t matter, because at least they have reduced someones benefits, anyones, it doesn’t matter who’s, and they have a job, enough money and a secure roof over thier head.

    As for who is to blame for all this, it is not merely those few people who falsely claim, it is the poor journalism that promotes one sided birdseye veiws instead of a the whole well rounded reality concerning claiments, health and work problems; it’s been a few years of purposeful media hype, and manipulative whipping up of public anger.

    A big problem is that a lot of working people, hate the thought of anyone else getting something for nothing or tax free. Their greed, self-interest, and lack of social conscience is at the root of all social dis-ease.

    Instead of hounding and punishing the vulnerable less fortunate people in society, and removing benefits, how about the fit fighting for higher wages and less unfair tax system? After all approx 90% of benefit claimants work, but for such low wages they have no choice but to claim benefits to keep alive. As for the sick and disabled, who are accused of clearly being fit for work if they can do this and that, they have good day and bad days, and have to try and make a life regardless of thier troubles, and to have some pleasure too. Those who begrudge that would apparantly have them ly down and die instead.

  6. jamestoomey permalink
    August 31, 2012 9:30 am

    I think the really sick and disabled people who cannot work and for that matter pensioners should receive more of my tax money. I disagree that the minority are fit to work, I think its more of a majority.

    If you look at the disabled people who are competing in the paraolympics and their idols such as Mr Hawkins and the fact that these guys work their hearts out and then look at those who say they cannot work – there is a clear divide.

    And it is true to say the efforts these guys go to to protest proves they have some ability to work, its all a bit contradictory.

    PS What a brilliant PO team we have! Come on UK!!!!!

    • Dinah permalink
      September 6, 2012 2:15 pm

      Based on what? Most of what people think they know comes from propaganda in the media used to whip up storms in support of government actions and sell newspapers etc. I suspect you know or have seen someone claiming disability apparantly walking perfectly well past your house. I certainly have. That doesn’t mean I know why they get the benefit or give me the epertise to decide they are fit for work. For the record, I can’t sit for more than a few minutes at a time at a desk and cant hold a phone to my ear for more than a few minutes. I cant walk more than 10 yeards without pain and am mostly housebound. We are the hidden disabled, the ones that are stuck hiding in our homes with little life other than the computer and occasional callers. Ooo and by the way, I failed my atos medical but won on appeal.

  7. September 17, 2012 5:03 pm

    Uk media aligning with the government’s behaviour is fueling a growing predigests against the sick and disabled.

    In the following BBC NEWS article in the guise of matter factual stats, the BBC perpetuates discontent towards the most vulnerable in society away from the able financial banking elites and global corps. What’s life’s purpose? Oh, Yeah, it’s our duty to secure and maintain greedy elites at all costs. Even our life.

    Re: BBC-http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19621020 UK attitudes on immigration and welfare ‘toughening’
    Crowds Report author Penny Young said UK attitudes “continue to harden” towards immigration and welfare

    Record fall in ‘NHS satisfaction’
    Is the welfare state about need or nudging?
    UK ‘less willing to help others’

    Concerns about immigration and support for welfare reform are growing, a study of British social attitudes suggests.

    • d snith permalink
      September 17, 2012 6:49 pm

      Hi there.

      I checked the original question and it was loaded. The question was along the lines of “Do you think the government should spend more on ….. benefit bearing in mind that this would mean higher taxes.

      • September 18, 2012 1:21 am

        Indeed. The focus of some media is to indirectly direct public opinion towards a more hardened view towards the most vulnerable in society.

        Government aligned media playing with tax payers minds use the vulnerable as scapegoats deflecting attention away from the real players who bankrupted us all.

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