Atos - the company hired by the government to assess the capability of disabled people for work - will be the focus of a demonstration tomorrow (Tuesday 5 November) in Chesterfield, Derbyshire over the way its treats clients.
Unite’s local community group will be staging a ‘United Nations’ stunt at the Atos Healthcare Chesterfield Assessment Centre at Lordsmill Street S41 7RW at 10.30am tomorrow when a UN land rover with lights flashing will arrive to start ‘the probe’.
Investigators, flanked by men and women in the trademark blue berets, will conduct ‘an investigation into alleged human rights abuses’.
Unite community activist Colin Hampton, who is organising the demo, said “Many citizens in north Derbyshire have complained about their treatment at the hands of Atos which carries out the work capability assessments (WCAs).
“A number of people, who have stories to tell of their treatment at the Lordsmill offices, will be there to give their testimony. The ‘investigators’ will attempt to question management and staff to ascertain the extent of the alleged abuses due to the implementation of government policy.”
The Unite community group is also calling for a conference to be held in Chesterfield, early in the New Year to gather further evidence and propose changes to the current policy and systems, with the aim of restoring dignity to the sick, the disabled, and those that are out of work.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.