Support the National Day of Action on Monday 2nd March
UNITE Community, in solidarity with Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC), is calling on our members to mobilize and show solidarity with those impacted by the continued Tory policy of Work Capability Assessments where disabled people are assessed whether they are fit to work.
On March 2nd, DPAC – has called on a national day of action in 28 cities against the corporation Maximus which has replaced ATOS as the DWP’s contractor to carry out Work Capability Assessments.
In 2013, 10,600 people died within six weeks of being declared ‘fit for work’ by ATOS. Over 40 per cent of cases where people were deemed fit to work, and had their benefits cut had their appeals upheld. However the appeals process can take months, leaving some of the most vulnerable disabled members of our communities plunged into poverty.
The campaign against ATOS was hugely successful and the company were driven out because their brand was so damaged but Works Capability Assessments remain and are now being done by Maximum.
“These assessments were not fit for purpose under ATOS and now Maximum will continue to do the DWP’s dirty work. Thousands of people lost their benefits and were put through hell by this brutal tick-box regime that is designed to take people off benefits.” Said Steve Turner Unite assistant general secretary
Maximus will begin to carry out assessments starting March 1st 2015. This contract is worth £500m Maximus, who are being paid £200m more than ATOS.
The time for us to end this regime of WCA is now before Maximus can begin their work.
For more details about the National day of action are on the DPAC website
For a list of actions to show solidarity with on March 2nd around the country click here.
The main London action is taking place at Queen Anne’s Gate London SW1H 9BU at 1 pm.
For more information about how we as UNITE Community members can show solidarity contact: firstname.lastname@example.org