Jun 152011
Claire and the police

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Today saw another demonstration by disability activists against Atos Origin.
The company won a £300 million contract to re asses people on benefits which activists say is no more than cuts and are forcing many hundreds of thousands of genuinely sick and disabled people off benefits altogether.
As one activist commented: Atos is a ‘professional healthcare’ company. It’s motives are profit driven and they are more concerned with the health of their bank balance than that of the claimants. The testing is a tick box system and you don’t need any medical knowledge to tick a box. The use of such a private so-called ‘healthcare’ company is being used by the Coalition to give them some sort of unwarranted credibility to justify their despicable policies of attacking those who can least defend themselves.
At one point tensions were raised when the police removed demonstrators from the entrance to the building.

Demotix Report and photos from Howard Jones

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TV camera crew interviewing Adam

French TV camera crew interviewing Adam


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  One Response to “Atos dont give a toss!”

  1. About 60-70 people both disabled and non-disabled gathered once again for over 2 hours in Triton Square, London outside the head office of ATOS orgin who were attempting to hold a recruitment fair.

    We were accompanied by a camera crew from one of the main French TV channels who are making a documentary about cuts faced by disabled people, workers, and others which will be based mainly on the cuts being faced by people in Birmingham

    I don’t know about anyone else but I definitely wouldn’t want to work for a firm where I had to be sneaked in and out of back doors to gain entry to the recruitment fair being held and where there was a police cordon and a crowd of angry and very vocal protesters standing around the main entrance to the offices. We saw very few people going into the recruitment fair and many passes which had obviously been prepared beforehand were left untouched at the main reception area.

    Throughout the protest we gave out over 400 leaflets mainly to other staff who work in the same building as ATOS. They seemed very interested in finding out more about their neighbour’s activities.

    We’d also like to say thank you to the police who were very helpful, and even agreed to get ATOS staff to clear away the left over and unwanted placards and posters from the protest that we left outside ATOS’s front entrance. This was a welcome change from our first protest in January when we were all kettled behind metal barriers.

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