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.
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: We’ll hold a spoof Paralympic awards ceremony, hopefully with some very special guests…
· Tuesday 28th: Pay a visit to your local Atos office – and maybe even take your protest inside!
· Wednesday 29th: A coffin full of your messages about Atos will be delivered to its doorstep.
· 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…!
Over the next few weeks we’ll give more details about each day of action. We’ll make sure that DPAC members and disabled people who can’t travel will be able to take part in different and accessible ways.
We’d really like YOU to make this week of action a great success! Let’s come together and show this monstrous company that we’re stronger than them. They’re the vulnerable ones and they know it.
Atos has offices in most towns across the country, so start organising an action for August 28th at your local Atos now!
Let the Atos Games begin!
Friday 31st August
Atos HQ,Triton Square, London
Don’t let Atos be a winner at the Paralympic Games – join us for The Closing Atos Ceremony, the grand finale to Disabled People Against Cuts’ week of Atos Games.
Atos are sponsoring the Paralympics, whilst wrecking disabled people’s lives. George Osborne has vowed to slash £18 billion from the welfare budget, regardless of peoples’ needs and ignoring the alternatives. To help them do their dirty work, the Government are paying Atos £100 million a year to ‘test’ sick and disabled people and decide whether they’re ‘fit for work’.
But Atos’ Work Capability Assessments are driving disabled people to suicide and over 1,000 people have died of their illnesses soon after being found ‘fit for work’.
The Government claim that the welfare system is being abused- this just isn’t true. Less than 0.4% of Incapacity benefit payments are fraudulent, but the government want to cut welfare spending by 20%. And instead of helping to get people into work; the government are closing workplaces for disabled people.
The Government and Atos don’t give a toss about disabled people. This is about making ordinary people pay for a crisis caused by the bankers. It’s about making disabled people pay, instead of super-rich tax dodgers who cost us over £25billion every year. This is an ideological attack on the welfare state; these cuts are a political choice. But we’re fighting back.
On Friday 31 August, UK Uncut and DPAC will be shutting down Atos’ London HQ for the Closing ATOS Ceremony. Meet in Triton Square at 12:45pm for direct action and creative protest, with plenty of surprises…
The nearest fully accessible underground station is Kings Cross. From there, catch Bus 30 towards Marble Arch or Bus 205 towards Paddington from stop R or A, and get off at Warren Street, bus stop V. BSL Interpretted event.
This action needs you! Join for the afternoon, or come on your lunch break. There will be lots of ways to take part – hand out leaflets hold banners, or get involved in creative and daring ways. If you’re not in London, check the DPAC website for details and other ways to get involved in The Atos Games.
Atos are making millions of pounds enforcing the government’s unnecessary cuts. It’s up to all of us to fight back, defend our welfare system, and demand the alternatives. Let’s show them that we do give a toss.
See you at Atos HQ!
LOCAL EVENTS AUGUST – confirmed events so far-scroll right down , there’s a few…..
Plymouth Claimants’ Union ●
Stop Atos Sham “Medicals”
Join the national demonstrations against
Target Atos during the Paralympics (the Atos games)
11am – Tuesday 28th August 2012
Argosy House, Marsh Mills (next to McDonald’s)
For lifts from the City Centre and Mutley, please contact PCU at:
They say Quack! Quack! We say Fightback
SHUT DOWN ATOS, MANCHESTER.
1pm Islington Row,Five WaysHouse. Five Ways
That’s why at 12.30pm, Tuesday 28th August we will be paying a not-so-little visit to our local Atos office in Sheffield…
We are calling on ALL disabled people, disabled activists, families, colleagues, friends and supporters in and around Sheffield 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; that’s why we need as many people to come forward to help us build a great action that Atos will take notice of. We want people to come forward to help plan the day, to be spokespeople, to talk to interested media, to talk about their experiences with disability and to talk about their experience with Atos.
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.
You are probably angry, frustrated about what is happening in our country. But you do not need to feel despair because by joining forces with others in an effective way you CAN force the change we want to see to happen.
August 28th at 12.05pm ATOS healthcare WCA assessment centre, 1st floor Tamarisk House, c/o Job Centre Plus, 1, Cotlands Road, BH1 3BG
Highlighting the hypocrisy of Atos!
12.2pm ATOS offices, Mann Isalnd lower ground floor, Port of Liverpool building, L3 1LT
Disabled people, carers and friends — on Tuesday the 28th in Swansea,
take part in a national protest against ATOS, a company that’s
sponsoring the Paralympics but wrecking disabled people’s lives.
We will be holding a static protest outside of the Swansea ATOS
assessment centre from 12:00 to 1:00 at Grove House, Grove Place,
Swansea. (This is a big building across the road from the police
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/515813221766234/
CARDIFF 29th August
Cardiff-Atos KIlls- mass die in to commerate lives lost
29th August at 17:00 at Aneuren Bevan Statue, Queen Street
see Face book DPAC Caerdydd-Cardiff https://www.facebook.com/#!/bronwen.caerdydd
1pm. Mitre House. Lancaster. 28th August. In conjunction with Lancaster and Morecambe against the Cuts ; local Trades Union congress; occupy Lancaster uk; and led by local disabled people
Meet Queen Park, Southampton at noon
12:00 until 14:00 in UTC+01
44 York Place, Edinburgh,
Protest outside offices of ATOS Healthcare, the company profiting from sick and disabled people’s misery.12:00 NOON
STROUD 29th August and September 1st
details of PROTESTS about ATOS and cuts to disability benefits
on Wednesday 29th August and Saturday 1st September.
Please join us on two upcoming protests we have organised to coincide with the Paralympics, because the Games are being sponsored by ATOS Healthcare – the company responsible for taking benefits and support away from people with disabilities (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/may/21/paralympic-games-organisers-defend-atos-sponsorship).
We will meet at 12noon on Wednesday 29th August outside Stroud JobCentre, in the Cornhill (Union St) over lunchtime – 12 noon till 2pm.
We will meet again at 11am on Saturday 1st September on Stroud High Street, for those unable to make the event during the week, and to meet more members of the public. On both occasions we will be leafleting the public with our new flyer on the Government’s attacks on people living with disabilities (see attached).
BRISTOL 30th August
a picket/protest outside atos (flowers hill) on thursday 30th at 3pm. More details over the next few days.
1pm Tuesday 28th City Centre.
Meet 1pmCity Square. Bring banners. We will have leaflets.
8th September, Leeds workfare protest TBC.
-From 13-14th October Occupy Leeds are having a weekend “Occufest” in Leeds. We are after creative campaigns, protests, music, sports etc. I strongly encourage you to arrange an event for that weekend. Contact Occupy Leeds directly for suggestions or to help.
-On Saturday 27th October Leeds Tidal are provisionally organising a “crisis and opportunity” conference 10-4 at the Swarthmore centre.
Local disabled activists will be staging a demonstration outside the ATOS medical assessment centre on Stanley Street, Spring Bank,Hull,HU3 1JP at 11am on Tuesday 28th August. Please come and join us.
August 28th 11.30- 1.30 pm
|Members will receive direct messages giving details of location. Bring banners with appropriate messages. Banners and leaflets will be available (can also be downloaded and printed) for distribution to curious and info-hungry passers-by. Songsheets will be provided for the tunefully inclined.|
August 28th noon outside ATOS office. More details from Derby Mental Health Action Group firstname.lastname@example.org
August 28th 1pm at ATOS offices opposite Gosforth Library.