Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Protest at ATOS and against Workfare In Ipswich

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Public meeting of Suffolk People’s Assembly. 

As part of the Bonfire of Austerity on November the 5th there were  protests across the country against ATOS and Workfare.

in Ipswich at  Silent Street, amongst our other activities,  there was a vigil outside the ATOS office and Job Centre.

This was an important demonstration in the town against the hated ATOS and Liberal-Tory Workfare plans

Around thirty people came, in the drizzle.

They heard an impassioned speech by a representative of Suffolk Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).

We demand the Coalition Government:

·         Scraps the Work Capability Assessment

·         Scraps the wasteful and punitive Work Programme which also pays millions to private companies.

·         Stops unpaid work for benefit claimants – if work needs doing, people should be paid for doing it.  Unpaid work takes away work from workers and undermines wages.

·         Stops unjustified, deliberate sanctioning of benefit claimants.

·         Stops further cuts in benefits.

·         Benefit claimants did not cause the financial crisis or the public spending deficit.

Radio Suffolk interviewed Martin.

It was intensely moving.


Written by Andrew Coates

November 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

11 Responses

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  1. Hear, hear and although I am abled body support this 110% as it is quite simply a vicious and veil (as in disguised ) attack on people ill equipped to protect themselves from such an onslaught.

    This is without doubt the cruellest reform todate and it begs belief that the working public despite evidence refuses to lift a finger to back them. To insult it further the press only mentioned anonymouses protest.

    On a good note the disabled struck a victory in court today



    November 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

  2. Annos

    November 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm

  3. The Ipswich action did get mentioned in one daily paper, the Morning Star.

    On the Front Page

    “In Ipswich 100 campaigners (NOTE by Ipswich Unemployed Action, properly speaking there were a 100 for the whole day’s events, which is really excellent for a town like Ipswich) held a vigil outside a job centre and joined in solidarity with striking probation workers.
    In the evening protesters gathered round bonfires to burn effigies of Tory ministers and placards detailing austerity measures.
    Activist Miles Hubbard reported “a really good reception from the public – people are fed up with austerity.
    “In the coming weeks we will step up our campaign for a living wage by targeting choice employers.”


    The local press frankly is so thin these days they struggle to be called papers.

    Andrew Coates

    November 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    • My local paper is cut into squares and put on a string and hung up in the outhouse

      David in the dunny

      November 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

  4. Burn down the jobcentre, hang the fucking adviser
    Because the sanctions that they constantly issue
    Keep fucking up my life
    Hang the fucking adviser
    Because the sanctions that they constantly issue….

    The Smiths (Reformed)

    November 7, 2013 at 12:26 am

  5. It will be interesting to find out what this ruling long term will have on the DLA changes in the next few years to whats likely to become one point PIP.

    The DWP isn’t shy of its boasts about sanctions in its statements.its surprising not more been made of jobcentre plus the way it operates and how disabled people are put at substantial disadvantage.


    November 7, 2013 at 5:46 am

    • DWP are completely bent and presumably the reason the Government have added clause 99 to cover up and stop the appealing of wrong decisions by DWP.

      Atos did the medical that initially cost me my job in 2010 and said that it was in my employers interests to fire me for safety reasons. Then 5 weeks later they ‘miraculously cured’ and found me fit for work at the same premises in Wolverhampton. Since then my condition has remained the same and each time I have been for a medical I’ve overturned the decision at appeal. I was meant to go for a medical in October but they cancelled at roughly the same time as I logged a complaint for bullying by the JC.


      November 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

  6. Minister tried to shift blame to top aide for welfare fiasco.

    Iain Duncan Smith tried to shift the blame for a £140 million waste of taxpayers’ money on to his senior civil servant by attempting to influence an MPs’ report, The Times understands.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  7. MPs dismiss Universal Credit as “unmitigated disaster”


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    • But lets not forget that despite the labour smear they backed it, still do and like the tories have no intentions of letting it simply stop and fade away as a bad idea.


      November 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

      • Don’t forget that eventually this will be all be rebranded. TRAINING OPPORTUNITY PROGRAME [TOPs] to those of you that remember the 70’s and 80’s Along with the so called EMPLOYMENT REHABILITATION CENTRES


        December 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

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