Five Days of Action Against Atos – 27th to 31st of August

From Disabled People Against Cuts

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…!

Please blog, tweet, share, spread the word!

16 responses to “Five Days of Action Against Atos – 27th to 31st of August

  1. Welcome back J.V!
    miki67 | August 7, 2012 at 1:30 am | Reply
    I urge you strongly to make the effort and research the c.e.o. of Atos.
    This cretin is one of the most reviled men in France,and could well find himself on human rights charges there,in the not too distant future.
    Make the effort.
    This man IS a Nazi and a friend of ArbeitsMinister I.D. Shmidt…..our homegrown Nazi ratbastard.

    Le Figaro | August 7, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
    He got kicked out of France Telecom because the staff were committing suicide because of his “management techniques” – now he heads fucking ATOS and the disabled of the UK are now committing suicide by the “shedload”.

    Le Figaro | August 7, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply
    And before France Telecom we headed Renault where – guess what – the staff were committing suicide because of his – guess what – “management techniques”. Small wonder our own ArbeitsMinister I.D. Shmidt hired this Nazi cunt.

  2. This is one of the reasons our Fascistic so-called ‘government’ are doing their best to take us out if the European Human Rights overview.
    +*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+
    Part 2 of Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights: Prohibition of slavery and forced labour.
    1. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.
    2. No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour.
    3. For the purpose of this Article the term “forced or compulsory labour” shall not include:
    (a) any work required to be done in the ordinary course of
    detention imposed according to the provisions of Article 5
    of this Convention or during conditional release from such
    detention;
    (b) any service of a military character or, in case of conscientious objectors in countries where they are recognised, service exacted instead of compulsory military service;
    (c) any service exacted in case of an emergency or calamity
    threatening the life or well-being of the community;
    (d) any work or service which forms part of normal civic obligations.

  3. miki67 – do you have any evidence about this ceo/nazi connection? Not because I doubt you particularly, but it’s quite a bold claim and I would be interested to see some facts. Cheers

    • Do some research re. his connections to le Pen. I do my own thing. You do yours.

      • “I do my thing. You do yours.” Well thanks, that’s very helpful of you to share information.:/ Myself and a colleague actually had already looked into it a little bit. What I had found was that Thierry had already been long gone from France Telecom (left voluntarily in 2005 in order to pursue appointed interests in government) during the reported spate of staff suicides (2008-2011). From what I could find it was deputy Louis-Pierre Wenes and Didier Lombard who quote “stepped down” in 2009 and 2010 respectively with regards to the suicides. This information was found in the Guardian business section. I couldn’t find any references linking Thierry to Jean-Marie Le Pen in anything but a casual manner. I’m not looking to discredit you at all about Thierry Breton. I hate his company from all I have heard about it. But if you want to keep your references to yourself that’s your prerogative – but it doesn’t really benefit the cause to be so secretive about it.

        • One might be forgiven for wondering just why and how ATOS (‘Licensed to Kill Disabled People’ by the Condems) are one of the most prominent of Olympic sponsors. How can such an odious corporation be given worldwide publicity and credibility?

          In exchange for lucrative payments from the government ATOS happily continue to hound and harass disabled people into even further poverty and to drive many to suicide.

          Over 1 million disabled people, many too ill to work face losing their benefits or have already lost them. If you become ill or disabled in the future this could happen to you, even if you’ve worked and paid National Insurance contributions most of your life.

          People with life-threatening illnesses, some with terminal cancer, and mental health conditions live in fear of their forthcoming ATOS assessments acknowledged as totally flawed by CAB, McMillan Cancer charity and a host of others. The tick-box computer assessment system takes no account of real life problems people face or the complexity of many long-term illnesses and disabilities. Yet within minutes this process which violates the fundamental medical principle of ‘first do no harm’ can strip disabled people of essential benefits and rob them of their lives.

          Real-life horror stories of assessments and outcomes now abound and can be read in papers on an almost daily basis yet still the government refuse to halt or change these vicious tests. Some of the reports are little short of torture. A woman forced to try to walk to prove she couldn’t who fell onto the ground and had to be helped up again crying by her mother.

          Another woman forced to try to walk down a long corridor also to prove she couldn’t walk. People waiting for major heart surgery or those who have had numerous heart attacks killed by the stress of the assessments and being told they are fit to work.

          A Grimsby Fisherman suffering from horrendous blood clots and open ulcers and struggles to walk who has been told by specialists at two hospitals he would be risking his life if he went back to work lost his disability benefits.

          A more recent case is that of a Dundee man found fit to work who is deaf, blind and tube-fed and who needs 24 hour care. How could anyone with such profound impairments be found fit to work?

          Yet this is how ATOS treats disabled people.

          The BMA Local Medical Committee Conference recently voted unanimously for an end to these notorious Work Capability Assessments as Scottish GPs did earlier this year. Dr Stephen Carty has likened the UK Government’s welfare reform crackdown on disabled people to the “barbarism” of the Nazis.

          The cost of these sometimes murderous assessments to the taxpayer are enormous as appeals rocket costing a predicted £50 million in tribunal costs in 2012 alone. The backlog of cases has reached epidemic proportions with tribunals sitting even on Sundays to try to reduce the 10 month backlog of cases. Yet even if a claimant wins their appeal against their assessment, and most do, the treadmill experience of being retested can start again immediately for no justifiable reasons.

  4. “The fatcat boss of a firm hired to help slash the benefits bill has won a bonus of nearly £1million
    Thierry Breton’s bumper payout means he pocketed more than £1.9million last year
    Details of the obscene sum paid to the head of French firm Atos come as David Cameron draws up draconian new welfare cuts.
    Atos was brought in to reassess 2.5 million people on ­incapacity benefit to help the ­Department for Work and Pensions decide whether they are fit to work.
    Mr Breton received his massive pay out despite mounting numbers of successful appeals by people ordered to get a job after being tested by the firm.
    Heart attack and lung disease victims are among those judged to be well enough to work.
    Some 3,100 claimants had appeals upheld in May 2011, up from 900 in the same month in 2010, the latest figures show.
    On average almost two in five, 38%, challenged decisions are overturned at tribunal, nearly one in 10 of all those made.
    And the appeals system costs taxpayers tens of millions of pounds to administer.
    Labour MP Tom Greatrex says Mr Breton’s bonus will “sicken” those put through the reassessment ordeal.
    The Atos chief’s latest payment comes on top of wages and perks totalling £1.83million in 2010.”
    Take the above as a starting point. Dig deeper.

  5. Okay Fingas….still not convinced?You must work for the msm because you haven’t even BEGUN any decent research. Get digging,and leave me alone. Now,here’s some more to be getting on with:
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/07/23/the-privatization-from-hell/
    Keep going.

  6. None of what you posted has anything to do with Breton being a ‘Nazi’ though. If you don’t want to provide the information directly that’s up to you. Good bye.

  7. it’s a hot day, let’s try keep things chilled out eh, less personal abuse please

  8. Nice one Johnny… have been really enjoying your blog lately! Peace. (ps there is a comment of mine awaiting moderation, it’s just a duplicate of another I made but has a couple of links in. You can delete that. Thanks)

  9. Welcome to the richy fingas and Mikki message board …comon I thought we were working towards the same ends

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