PCS statement on DPAC’s Atos games week

23 August 2012

From Monday 27 to Friday 31 August, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is organising five days of action against Atos – a company it says is wrecking disabled people’s lives.

DPAC is calling on the whole of the anti-cuts movement, including disabled people, disabled activists, families, colleagues, friends and supporters to come together for the week of action it is calling ‘the Atos Games’ to coincide with the Paralympics which Atos is sponsoring.

PCS wholeheartedly supports the campaign’s aim, which is to fight back against the unfair workplace capability assessments. The ‘fit-for-work’ tests have led to severely ill and disabled people being forced off the benefits system. 

This system, which comes as part of the government’s brutal cuts agenda, has led to real stress and hardship for many disabled people and their families, with some extreme cases even leading to suicides.

Any PCS members wanting to support the week of action are encouraged to do so.

It is important we remember that many of the staff employed in Atos offices are PCS members who are entitled to the same respect and dignity in their workplace as all members are.

The members we represent in Atos offices are not responsible for the failings of the government’s unfair welfare policy which victimises people who are not able to work through no fault of their own. They deserve your support, consideration and respect during what is a difficult time for any worker trying to deliver public services.

Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)

Comments
  • rogr August 24, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I can, just about, see that the PCS is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it is trying to support two groups that have been placed on opposite sides of the desk by the actions of a government and a private organisation that are implementing a divide and rule policy. It is also good to get their support no matter how luke warm it may be but there is a part of me that wishes they would climb off the fence and come down firmly on the side of right and make it absolutely clear that what is being done to disabled people (who any of their members might soon be joining) is totally and utterly wrong. As it is this sounds a bit like the Catholic Church coming out with a pronouncement that evil is not a very nice thing instead of the total and thunderous condemnation it truly deserves.

  • malthus August 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

    “The Greatest Crimes Against Humanity Are Perpetrated by People Just Doing Their Jobs”

    If they keep saying “yes sir” they are responsible.

    The biggest word in the English language is “NO” , now repeat after me, NO, NO feckin NO!

  • Sue August 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

    If the PCS members down their pens and come out to stand with the disabled protestors I will believe that they suppprot us. As for the ATOS “doctors” who carry out the assessments – I have no respect for them whatsoever. They chose to to the job, knowing full well that they are working to targets set by the government. They must share the guilt for the deaths of 1000s who have died or committed suicide as a result of their work. Were the people who assisted Josef Mengele any less guilty than him?

  • hedleylamarr August 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Where exactly is the Trades Union Movement and the Labour Party?

    Where is Tanni Grey Thompson? Where is Anne Begg?

    ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’

  • jeffery davies August 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    dla will be taken off you after the big event disabled athletes who on it look out atos will take it off you jeff3

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