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Christmas on the dole for the disabled workers at Remploy

11 December 2012
With Christmas around the corner, there’s no let up in the grim future the government has set for disabled workers. Hundreds more workers at Remploy factories are at risk of losing their jobs under fresh closure plans announced last week.

Atos documents reveal the chaos behind Tory benefit reforms

23 October 2012
Protests are having an impact on Atos Healthcare, the private firm paid by the government to test whether people are "disabled enough" to receive benefits.

Remploy workers strike back in Scotland as factories close

23 October 2012
Remploy workers in Scotland struck for 24 hours on Monday of this week. The strikes are at the Clyde Bank, Cowdenbeath, Dundee, Stirling and Leven factories. Workers also lobbied the disabilities minister Esther McVey who was visiting Edinburgh.

Remploy workers strike for five days as sell-off plans announced

02 October 2012
On Monday of this week Remploy announced that three factories—Chesterfield, Springburn and Bridgend—are being sold off.

This is a fight for our livelihoods, say Remploy strikers

11 September 2012
Hundreds of workers marched through Chesterfield in Derbyshire last Saturday to support Remploy workers fighting for their jobs.

Hundreds protest outside Atos headquarters then blockade DWP

31 August 2012
More than 500 people rallied outside the offices of Paralympic sponsor Atos in central London this afternoon as part of a day of action called by Disabled People Against Cuts (Dpac) and UK Uncut.

Activists turn up the heat on Atos in London and Cardiff

30 August 2012
Protests around the country against Paralympic sponsor Atos continued yesterday, Wednesday.

Anti-Atos protests take to streets of Manchester and Sheffield

29 August 2012
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'Seven medals but now the Tories want my benefits'

28 August 2012
Paralympic gold medallist and world record holder Tara Flood faces a test that could see her lose her disability benefits, she told Socialist Worker.

Remploy: after 27 closures, a week of strikes against sell-offs

28 August 2012
Disabled workers at Remploy in Chesterfield have announced a five-day strike starting on Monday of next week. Those at Springburn, Glasgow, were set to begin a four-day strike on the same day.

Workers hit back at Remploy by occupying corporate head office

23 August 2012
Sacked workers at Remploy protested today, Thursday, by occupying the company’s head office in Leicester for four hours.

Remploy factory workers are still up for a fight

21 August 2012
This week saw the first closures of the 36 marked Remploy factories, which provide work for disabled people. But workers at some sites are refusing to give up the fight.

Disabled activists target cruel Atos in run-up to Paralympics

21 August 2012
As London prepares for the Paralympic Games next week, disabled activists are organising protests against one of the year’s most grotesque hypocrisies.

The Paralympic Games: disability, sport and capitalism

21 August 2012
The 2012 Paralympic games, starting in London next week, are set to be the biggest ever—with around 5,000 competitors from 147 countries.

Fun and games for hated Paralympic sponsor Atos

14 August 2012
Disabled activists and supporters are organising a week of protests during the Paralympics this month, against the Games’ main sponsor Atos Healthcare.

A gold medal for hypocrisy

31 July 2012
Chris Grayling, the Tory work and pensions minister, launched fresh attacks on benefit claimants this week, despite his smear that they are fakers being proved wrong.

Atos hounds terminally ill people off benefits, says investigation

31 July 2012
"Why aren’t you dead then?" This was the response of an Atos work capability assessor to an interviewee who said they had attempted suicide several times while suffering with depression.

Just weeks left to save Remploy

31 July 2012
Disabled workers facing factory closures at Remploy are to strike for a third day on Monday of next week.

Remploy workers strike again: reports and pictures round-up

26 July 2012
Remploy workers strike again: reports and pictures round-up

Remploy workers set to strike to stop cruel closures

17 July 2012
Thousands of disabled workers were set to strike this week to save their jobs. The Tories want to close 36 of 54 Remploy factories, which employ disabled workers.

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