Yesterday was a national day of protest against Atos, there were demonstrations outside over 140 regional offices across the country.
One demonstration arrived to find a placard outside saying:
“Fit Enough to Protest, Fit Enough to Work’
Here is the response from one protestor, written on the Facebook page ‘Atos Miracles’
This needs to be officially complained about and PROOF that Atos DO NOT understand what sickness and disability is. Yep, I went to a protest today. In so much pain as a result I would cry if I had the energy. I have not eaten properly today and have bags of crisps next to my bed for the rest of the night, no chance of getting to the kitchen for a hot drink. Will be sleeping in my clothes tonight. My professional carer is prepped that I’ll be unable to move and speak when she comes in the morning (as she always sees after activity). But yes, I’m well enough to go out to work 40 hrs a week because I put myself through that BECAUSE I DON’T WANT ANYONE ELSE TO DIE. And yes…actually I have worked when I can, from my bed, from my home, at great physical cost. If an organisation doesn’t get that they should not be assessing sick/disabled people. Please share.
(Comment) Like someone’s going to sit freezing their arse off in a wheelchair for nowt in order to help their fellow man rather than spend that time in a comfortable warm office earning money for their time!
(comment) The disabled people who bravely attended Doncaster today-it was very cold, and they could only stay outside for an hour or so-but they came and were supported by their able bodied friends who continued on until it was too cold to stay any longer-8am til 4pm was no mean feat on one of the quietest streets in the town
(comment) Atos assuming there are jobs out there that involve protesting once a month. How many fingers do you need for that, and how much is the salary?
(comment) I’m not disabled but I protest. Why? Because I haven’t lost my humanity yet. I work to as a paramedic, what a totally crass sign that is, shows what pathetic mindsets these people have and just how little they can be trusted to deal with people in need of some assistance.
(comment) I thought they’ll use that against the protesters, all you need to look out for is a job that requires a professional protester
(comment) I thought the same thing. It’s probably why they’ve targeted the sick/disabled because if we fight back they will use it against us