Let The Atos Games Begin!

Posted on Sun 26th Aug 2012, 5:00pm
This is a guest blog from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

On your marks, get set… for a week of Paralympic fun and games against Atos!

From Monday 27th to Friday 31st of August, join Disabled People Against Cuts for The Atos Games – five days of action against a company that’s sponsoring the Paralympics but wrecking disabled people’s lives.

We are calling on disabled people, disabled activists, families, colleagues, friends and supporters to come together and fight back against Atos’s attacks. Atos represents as dangerous an opponent as any government, law or barrier the disability movement has faced in its long history. It’s not just welfare, but our very identity and our place within society that is under attack.

And we are asking the whole of the anti-cuts movement to join us in our opposition to the company most responsible for driving through the government’s brutal cuts agenda. Let’s make it Games over for Atos!

We’re not against the Paralympics or the people taking part in it. We’re highlighting the hypocrisy of Atos, a company that soon may be taking disability benefits from the people winning medals for Team GB.

Ever since George Osborne announced he was slashing £18 billion from the welfare budget, the government has paid Atos £100 million a year to test 11,000 sick and disabled people every week, then decide whether they’re ‘fit for work’.

Atos uses an inhumane computer programme to do the testing, and trains its staff to push people off benefits. The government has admitted the tests are flawed, and the British Medical Association has demanded they end immediately.

But Atos continues to devastate people’s lives. Many have committed suicide because of its testing programme, and over 1,000 people have died of their illnesses soon after being found ‘fit for work’.

We won’t let them get away with murder, so join in The Atos Games however you can – online, on the phone, or on the streets!

Monday 27th: The Atos Games Opening Ceremony and spoof Paralympic awards ceremony, with some very special guests… Meet at City Hall, London, at 5:30pm.

Tuesday 28th: Actions at Atos centres all over the country - find your nearest one here.

Wednesday 29th: A coffin full of your messages about Atos will be delivered to its doorstep. Meet at Triton Square, London, at 3:30pm.

Thursday 30th: Phone jam! Let’s flood Atos with calls, and generate a Twitter-storm they can’t ignore!

Then on Friday 31st, join us in London where we’re teaming up with UK Uncut for the grand finale, The Closing Atos Ceremony – an audacious, daring and disruptive action. Last time we shut down Oxford Circus, this time we will be performing miracles…! We'll be posting daily action updates throughout the week, building up to the action on Friday at Atos HQ. We’ll also be making sure that DPAC members, and disabled or sick people who can’t travel will be able to take part in different and accessible ways.

We need YOU to make this week of action a great success! So time to get one, or all of the above dates in your diary. And don't forget, Atos has offices in most towns across the country, so check out the UK Uncut or DPAC websites for actions at your local Atos on the 28th!

Now is the time to come together and show this monstrous company that we are stronger than them. We won't let them use the Paralympics to disguise their devastating actions, instead let's use it to expose the ghastly truth. They’re the vulnerable ones and they know it.

Let the Atos Games begin!

The Closing Atos Ceremony - (flat subs) from morelikewater on Vimeo.