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Olympic sponsor Atos faces summer strikes

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Atos has faced heavy criticism for its handling of ‘back to work’ tests on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, which disabled people and campaigners say are solely designed to cut the welfare bill. The union will this week begin balloting more than 1,500 of its members across Atos Healthcare and Atos IT Services after they voted by 95% and 89% respectively to reject below-inflation pay offers.

This could mean workers from sites across the UK taking strike.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “In sponsoring the Olympics Atos would like the world to associate it with a spirit of effort and success, but the reality is that it makes its millions on the backs of its low-paid staff.

“The treatment of its own workers is given an added significance by its connection with the government’s brutal plans to cut vital benefits for sick and disabled people.”

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