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Day of action against Atos

Issue No. 2272

Disabled activists held a national day of action against Atos, the private firm that assesses people who claim sickness and disability benefits.

There were protests in Brighton, Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham, and Oxford on Friday of last week.

Activists say that Atos assessors do not take proper account of their disabilities, and that many lose benefits as a result.

Their claim is borne out by a former Atos employee who spoke to Socialist Worker earlier this year (see www.socialistworker.co.uk//art.php?id=24468).

Police in Nottingham arrested several protesters who occupied an Atos waiting room.

Officers then “processed” one arrested activist in the street, as they did not have a van big enough to take his wheelchair.

Around 50 protesters gathered in Brighton for a march with a coffin and

street theatre.

“We left a wreath and placard that reads ‘Atos Kills’ outside their office,” Trevor Blackman told Socialist Worker.

“We all need to join together to defeat the government’s plans.”


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Tue 4 Oct 2011, 18:02 BST
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