ATOS demonstrations held across the Country

Unite Community members joined with disability rights activists and campaigns across the country yesterday (19 Nov) to protest against the Government’s disgraceful use of Work Capability Assessments to force people off benefits, and the private firm ATOS which completes the so-called medical examinations on their behalf. The reality for thousands of disabled people is that they are assessed against a tick list whichbears no relation to their prospects of being able to get or hold down a job.

Over a third of all ATOS decisions are overturned on appeal.

There was widespread coverage in the local media – below are a few of the many articles resulting from a fantastic day of protest which saw thousands of activists protest outside ATOS’ 144 offices nationally, and led to the assessment centre’s being colsed for the day.

https://durhamcsc.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/atos-demonstrations-held-across-the-country/
http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/18012
http://www.derryjournal.com/news/unite-protest-against-atos-offices-today-1-5884706
http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/health/local-health/protest-over-treatment-of-disabled-people-1-5887357
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Yeovil-Anti-Atos-Campaign-protest-Hendford-today/story-20658127-detail/story.html
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-d040-Ex-miners-and-Unite-activists-join-forces-in-anti-Atos-protest#.UwYJrbbzG6Y
http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/11025009.They_don_t_give_Atos__campaigners_protest_against_disability_assessors/?ref=var_0
http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Protestors-Grimsby-fight-scrap-work-ability/story-20665981-detail/story.html
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/11024394.Protest_against_benefits_shake_up/
http://www.southleedslife.com/national-atos-protests-19-2-14-interview-tom-smith-man-made-happen/#.UwYKUrbzG6Y
http://www.ealingtoday.co.uk/default.asp?section=info&page=eaatos001.htm
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Campaign-group-set-protest-outside-Yeovil/story-20644571-detail/story.html
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11021896.Woman_chains_herself_to_Brighton_building_in_protest_at_sickness_benefit_assessments/?ref=nt
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/protest-at-benefits-criteria-for-disabled-in-leeds-1-6449668
http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/british-disabled-people-against-atos/

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