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Picket Atos Origin – Monday 9th May

April 19, 2011

Disability activists, claimant groups and anti-cuts campaigners have called a week of action against poverty pimps Atos Origin beginning on Monday 9th May with a picnic and party at their head office in London, at 2pm.

As part of this week of action, Liverpool Solidarity Federation are calling for all those who stand in support of disabled people to join us in a picket of their offices in Liverpool the same day.

Assemble in The Plaza, Old Hall Street, at 11.30am on Monday 9th May. Bring flags, banners, and placards.

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.

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. Join us in our picket to stand in solidarity with the Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disabilty Rights and Disabled People Against Cuts and show them that these injustices will not stand!

You can RSVP to this event on Facebook here.

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