Beginning on Monday 12th December and running up until Christmas benefit claimants, disabled people and supporters will be ringing both local and national Atos Offices to complain about their obscene treatment of sick and disabled people.
How To Get Involved
We urgently need as many towns, cities, groups and individuals to commit to a morning or afternoon shift in the upcoming days and get as many people as possible to ring Atos and complain about their involvement in the Work Capability Assessment.
To maximise the protest we will aim to have as many groups as possible calling Atos at different times in the run up to Christmas. We’ll maintain a list here and on facebook to try and help co-ordinate times/dates and see if we can keep the phonelines buzzing daily in the run up to Christmas. Please contact us by leaving details in the comments, on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/events/281777128534663/ or emailing us at: email@example.com
If you aren’t part of a local group, or even if you are, support the other protests by calling Atos along with them.
Either ring your local Atos Offices, or their corporate headquarters, or why not both! Atos’s main numbers (including a handy freephone number) are:
+44 (0)20 7830 4444 (Tel)
+44 (o)20 7830 4233 (Tel)
+44 (0)800 783 3040 (Freephone)
+44 (0)20 7830 4445 (Fax)
Atos ‘Healthcare’ who run the Work Capability Assessment have a main number at: +44 (0) 113 230 9175
Whilst it’s well worth trying to speak to a manager or senior individual if possible please bear in mind most people taking calls will be low paid receptionist/admin staff so we call on people to be be business-like and non-confrontational. Be aware that is an offence to make telephone calls which are threatening, indecent or offensive. Keep it fluffy. Why not sing them a carol?
Anyone who manages to get through to Atos CEO Keith Wilman will win the customary prize of a free Crisis Loan*
Some calls may be recorded for the purposes of taking the piss.
Brighton DPAC who will be phoning Atos on the mornings of Monday 12th and Monday 19th of December have produced a script/template which can be read out, or emailed/faxed to Atos. Visit their fb event page (below) for details.
Join in online!
You can also contact Atos via email. Their Head of PR can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org and general enquiries can be sent to: email@example.com. Atos ‘Healthcare’ can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or to ask for a job go to: email@example.com
Atos have new facebook groups and pages springing up all the time. Search for Atos on facebook to find them. You can also tweet using the hashtags #atos, we’ll be monitoring twitter for any other hashtags Atos use.
Action planned so far
Monday 12th and Monday 19th December from 9am
Brighton DPAC: For details visit: http://www.facebook.com/events/132910660153707/
Please organise and contact us to be added to the list!
If you are planning on braving the cold and holding a protest as part of the month of action please send details asap to: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave details in the comments.
The main facebook page for the Month of Action can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122853381158514
Come to the Triton Square Christmas Party and Picnic outside Atos’ Headquarters on December 16th from 2pm: http://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/a-real-victorian-christmas-party-and-picnic-at-triton-square-friday-16th-december/
*actually we still can’t give out Crisis Loans as prizes. The DWP are bastards like that.
Atos are the French IT firm responsible for carrying out the government’s Work Capability Assessment which has led to tens of thousands of sick and disabled people being forced into poverty after being stripped of essential benefits. Despite the process being dubbed unfit for purpose and an increasing number of suicides due to the stressful and vicious health testing regime, this form of assessment is to be extended to everyone on some form of disability or health related benefit.