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Disability protest targets Atos

Issue No. 2260

Around 35 disabled activists and supporters demonstrated against cuts to disability benefits at the offices of Atos in Islington, north London, on Friday of last week.

Atos is the private contractor paid millions by the government to reassess incapacity benefit claimants as part of plans to dramatically cut the benefit back.

Ken Muller, the assistant secretary of Islington NUT union, was cheered when he told the crowd that teachers struck in their thousands on 30 June to defend decent pensions for all.

One disabled activist told how some of those present had visited picket lines on the day and gone along to the central London demonstration to support the strikers.

When the Atos office’s doors were opened, around 20 protesters rushed in and occupied.

They left when police arrived around 45 minutes later.

The biggest cheer came when a lecturer from a local college told the crowd that there would be more strikes in the autumn.

The UCU union member added that everybody needs to come together to kick the government out.

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Tue 12 Jul 2011, 17:04 BST
Issue No. 2260
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