On Wednesday 19th February 2014 people from across the country will gather nationally outside every ATOS centre to peacefully protest the inhumane treatment of people receiving employment support allowance and its predecessors incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance. The demos are to support the chronically ill and disabled who along with their fellow working class citizens, have had to bear the brunt of the cuts made by the government of millionaires.
THE HULL DEMONSTRATION TAKES PLACE AT 11AM WEDNESDAY 19th FEBRUARY. STANLEY STREET, SPRING BANK, HULL HU3 1JP
You can help by coming along, writing a letter to the local paper usuing the facts below, or asking your Ward Councillor and MP to attend or send a message of support. Find them at http://www.theyworkforyou.com for contact details
The poor treatment of our country’s most vulnerable citizens by ATOS has been well documented, and as a Society we must stand in solidarity with those people who are suffering at the hands of a company whose legal obligation is to make as much money for their shareholder as they can.
Figures released by the government in July 2012 showed that 10600 people died within 6 weeks of stopping claiming ESA. Campaigners believe that the majority of the 10600 who ceased claiming and subsequently passed away were found fit to work by ATOS, and both the Department for Work and Pensions and ATOS are unable to produce any evidence to dispute these claims.
Ultimately campaigners are calling for fairer treatment of all benefit claimants, especially the disabled and chronically and terminally ill.
This demo is supported by the Hull People’s Assembly Against Austerity, Hull and East Yorkshire Labour Representation Committee, and nationally by the Green Party, UNITE, UNISON and the GMB
Labour MP Hilary Benn said: “As the Labour opposition we have called ATOS a disgrace and said they should be sacked… The system needs to change.”
Caroline Lucas Green Party MP, Brighton and Hove said ‘Outsourcing the assessment of sick, disabled and vulnerable people to a private corporation, and especially one with such a disgraceful track record as Atos is disgusting…. Ministers have so far refused to take action to get rid of ATOS and their thoroughly discredited Work Capability Assessments. The day of action on February 19th is a chance to stand strong together against companies like ATOS until they are a thing of the past. I’ll be there and will do what I can to keep the issue alive in Parliament.’