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National day of protest against benefit cuts

April 14, 2011

Today, as part of a national day of protest against benefit cuts, Liverpool Solidarity Federation picketed the offices of ATOS origin in the city centre. We were supported in our action by members of UK Uncut Liverpool.

We were there to raise awareness of the role being played by ATOS in the government’s war against disabled people.

The company is being paid £300 million by the government to carry out ‘work capability assessments’. The assessments are supposedly aimed at finding out if people receiving sickness benefits are fit to work. The real purpose is to strip benefits from as many people as possible and save the government money.

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. Over two years, the company wrongly refused benefits to almost 30,000 people. Those people had to fight for a year to have the decision overturned.

The response from the public was overwhelmingly a positive one. We had more than a few people approaching us who were either directly affected by ATOS’s actions or who knew people that had suffered at their hands, and they wished us well in our picket.

Liverpool Solidarity Federation are disgusted that in a time when people are losing their jobs and being forced to live on benefits, poverty pimps like ATOS Origin are cashing in on the misery of others. We stand in solidarity with the Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disabilty Rights and Disabled People Against Cuts.

You can download a PDF version of the leaflet we distributed at the picket here.

See some more photos from the picket here.

Atos Origin is being paid £300 million by the government to carry out ‘work
capability assessments’. The assessments are supposedly aimed at finding out if
people receiving sickness benefits are fit to work. The real purpose is to strip
benefits from as many people as possible and save the government money.
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.
Over two years, the company wrongly refused benefits to almost 30,000 people.
Those people had to fight for a year to have the decision overturned.
Meanwhile, Atos boss Keith Wilman (pictured above) was paid £626,000 last year.
Liverpool Solidarity Federation are disgusted that in a time when people
are losing their jobs and being forced to live on benefits, poverty pimps
like Atos Origin are cashing in on the misery of others.
We stand in solidarity with the Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence
of Disabilty Rights and Disabled People Against Cuts.
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6 Comments
  1. nursesagainstatos@yahoo.co.uk permalink
    April 15, 2011 1:50 am

    Horrible Horrible Horrible company. Their shoddy practice must be highlighted for all to see. Health professionals working for this company really have to take a look in the mirror every morning and ask themselves ( apart from the generous wages and conditions ) why they are doing this every day.

  2. Sasha Callaghan permalink
    April 15, 2011 1:35 pm

    Thank you!

  3. Steve permalink
    April 15, 2011 1:35 pm

    I’ve thought about this a long time..and describe whats happening until late as ‘Genocide of The Sick’…its now looking to be closer to State sponsored Terrorism…Period!
    Anyone looking for support and advice re benfits..ESA/DLA can find good info in how to prepare and get thru the medicals (hopefully) either first time or mostly on appeal…at:
    http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk

  4. April 17, 2011 8:33 pm

    We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Liverpool Solfed!

    NO PASARÁN

    SOLIDARITY!

    Black Triangle
    Anti-Defamation Campaign
    In Defence of Disability Rights

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