Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Campaigning for Unemployed Rights.

Gold Medals for all the anti-ATOS Protestors.

with 40 comments

Busy blocking DWP- shut ATOS!

Many of us were deeply moved by the brave and good people who organised and went to the protests against ATOS yesterday.

Hats Off to the Protestors!

The Guardian reports,

Hundreds of disabled and able-bodied protesters chanted outside the IT group’s central London headquarters, before moving to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Westminster, the government department in charge of the scheme. There were minor scuffles with police after a small number of protesters occupied the lobby and attempted to blockade the department’s front entrance.

Atos has been the focus of fierce controversy over its sponsorship of the Games while contracted by the DWP to carry out “fitness to work” tests, which campaigners argue are part of a money-saving drive to reduce benefit payments.

Those attending have written, on Facebook, Twitter and on Blogs, (see UK Uncut ) about what went on.

ATOS is, like SEETEC, A4E and other organisations, part of the ‘Welfare Business’.

That is not about providing welfare for people but providing people for government policies.

ATOS has created many causualities in its wake.

In this area alone there are cases which make you wild with anger.

That a multinational ‘information’ company can profit from harassing the disabled is bad enough.

But that they posed as ‘proud sponsers’ of the Paralympics really stuck in many people’s throats.

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Written by Andrew Coates

September 1, 2012 at 9:27 am

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  1. Disabled people peacefully protesting against government cuts that are killing disabled people were physically attacked by police in a demonstration outside the Department for Work and Pensions today.
    Without any provocation from the peaceful protesters who had gathered to show their support to disabled activists from DPAC, police used heavy handed tactics and pushed the crowd without any concern for the disabled wheelchair users lined up in front of the door despite repeated warning that disabled people were being placed at risk. Their actions resulted in one of the protesters having his shoulder broken. Another wheelchair user’s chair was broken in this unprovoked and disproportionate use of force by the police. The police made several attempts to unbalance protestors at the front of the crowd and broke one man’s glasses. http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/2012/09/01/police-break-wheelchair-users-shoulder-in-peaceful-protest/

    Fight Back

    September 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

  2. Solidarity!

    The hot autumn begins here.

    Ghost Whistler

    September 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  3. Here is another “protest”:

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/crime/kids-watch-as-man-douses-himself-1299487

    No more is known about the background to this disturbing incident at present, but after the incident outside a Birmingham Jobcentre at the end of June this year in which a man set himself alight, the Glasgow incident is all the more alarming.

    Tobanem

    September 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

  4. The return salvo is apparently a threat to starve a few more of those scrounging ‘disabled’ types:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/sep/03/disabled-benefits-claimants-fines-work

    …sanctions for non-compliance in the ESA WRAG proposed to increase to 70% of benefits being stopped.

    anothergrumpybrit

    September 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  5. …oh my, it seems George Osborn participated in a medal ceremony at the paralympics…

    Rapturous applause it is not.

    anothergrumpybrit

    September 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    • I bet you have a few tales to tell about life inside Welfare-to-Work, Brennan. Ah, go on, you can change the names to protect the guilty.

      JBS

      September 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

  6. The government has drawn up plans to withdraw £71 a week from sick and disabled benefit claimants if they fail to take steps to get back into the workplace.

    A leaked draft of a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) template letter warns sick and disabled claimants they will lose 70% of their weekly employment support allowance (ESA) if they refuse to take part in work-related activities, more than doubling the current fine.

    The DWP has also told the Guardian that it is finalising plans on whether to make unpaid and unlimited work experience placements part of work-related activity.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/sep/03/disabled-benefits-claimants-fines-work

    Guardian

    September 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

  7. I know things arent great benefit wise but i fail to understand exactly what it is that this and other like movements have achieved todate or more importantly,hope to.

    I think its pretty safe to say that despite websites and protests that the government are clearly not listening and are highly unlikely to anytime soon. With the advent of permanent placements coming into force this is even more certain what with you all having even less time to spread the word online and definitely no chance of protests unless you wish to take a few sanctions onboard which lets face it that they wont hesitate to do as after all it is a money exercise, right?

    This said means you have been brought to the cross roads as so to speak and will have to risk losses to your benefit inorder to fight on and they know it only to well.

    Im saying all this as i myself havent bothered to claim since April this year and am now in ill health what with not being able to afford to eat and for the record have even continued despite that to gain a qualification i started last year and off my own back volunteer alot and look for work. So you can see even without benefit my situation hasnt changed in respect to payed work bar a couple of weeks casual labour. What im saying is hoops or no hoops your situation wont change.

    No offence and i do mean that but your all claiming one benefit or another because obviously you have to or choose to so i cant see anyone of you (hope im wrong) not following this new rule to be introduced later on.

    gaia

    September 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

    • Just lie down and let the government machine roll over you? Don’t resist, because, if you do, it’ll just be more painful for you? Is that what you’re advocating?

      Diederich Hessling

      September 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  8. “I think its pretty safe to say that despite websites and protests that the government are clearly not listening and are highly unlikely to anytime soon.”

    this is not the case,like a dictator that continues to hang on there does come a time when the entire fiasco comes to a grinding end. its the aftermath and its continued unfolding of new stories that make troubling reading and for those affected long after.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/paralympics/paralympic-sponsor-engulfed-by-disability-tests-row-8084799.html

    the government are losing through appeals system for the simple fact is they are unlawful acts,disabled people are protected in law.

    ken

    September 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    • The problem Ken is that people will get this cut, reducing them to destitution, not because they make an outright refusal to comply but because they get caught in a position where somebody decides they have not done enough under whatever ‘agreement’ they have been forced to sign.

      The people who will manage this are the lowest of the low.

      Andrew Coates

      September 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

  9. I read the Guardian report in my local library yesterday with utter horror at what is being concocted for the sick and disabled by Cameron’s Bullingdon bully boys. As I’ve said before, this administration has more than a whiff of the workhouse about them, and it’s patently clear they’re totally devoid of anything vaguely resembling humanity. (“compassionate conservatism” ho-ho!)

    Good on the disabled protesters. The old CND slogan of protest and survive should be adopted as their motto because if these cuts go through many of the disabled won’t survive: the calumslist.org website is logging the human cost of “welfare reform” on suicides amongst welfare claimants pushed to the edge by the inhumane, cruel policies the Tories are implementing.

    Trevor

    September 5, 2012 at 9:20 am

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