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: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=194299250612882&
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.
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 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’
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
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Manchester – Thursday, April 28 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Open Planning Meeting For Manchester Benefits Protest
Rapar Offices, Mount St, Manchester
Manchester Coalition Against Cuts will be holding an open planning meeting to discuss possible action against benefits cuts.
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.
London – Party and Protest in Triton Square
Monday, May 9th: 2-6 pm
Plymouth – Monday, May 9th: 10am
Plymouth Claimants Union will be demonstrating outside the Atos Origin , Argosy House , Marsh Mills , medical centre in Plymouth from 10.00 am Monday 9th May. Free transport from city centre. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org