Friday, 16 November 2012
Public event · By The Crutch Collective
Thursday, 22 November 2012
16:30 until 17:30
The Co-operative Bank, 29 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3PF, The Co-operative supermaket, 132 Union Street, Glasgow, G1 3QQ
The co-operative - not-so-good for everyone
It has recently been discovered that the Co-Op Bank and group of companies have had a 4 year occupational health contract with Atos, which is due to expire in July 2013.
Atos make huge profits carrying out work capability assessments on sick and disabled people on behalf of the Government.
As was exposed by a Channel 4 documentary they pass 7 out of 8 people as fit for work - to comply with Government targets for benefit cuts.
Their decisions are not based on objective medical opinion.
The Government are cutting benefits to reduce the debt caused by banks gambling on the financial markets.
The most vulnerable in society are being made to pay for the greed of bankers, whose bonuses continue to rise, and for the inevitable booms and busts of capitalist economics.
Citizens Advice Bureau Scotland have received 24,000 complaints about Atos. CAB win 80% of appeals against Atos finding people fit for work.
The Daily Record reported on a Government survey that showed half of those found fit for work by Atos end up destitute.
The Co-Op sells itself as an ethical company, but what ethical standards are they maintaining by continuing with a contract that gives millions to a company that cuts the benefits of sick and disabled people?
Hundreds of people have already complained about the contract on TheCo-operative Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TheCooperative and by tweeting @TheCo-operative https://twitter.com/TheCooperative.
Why not join them and tell the Co-Op that you will stop shopping at their supermarkets or that you will close your Co-Op bank account until they cancel the contract with Atos? You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Claimants Resisting Unfair Treatment, Cuts and Harassment www.thecrutchcollective.blogspot.co.uk
Supported by Clydeside Industrial Workers Of The World
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