PE01508: ATOS as a sponsor of the 2014 Commonwealth Games

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Petitioner: Sean Clerkin


Date Lodged: 31 January 2014

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the organising Committee to drop ATOS as a sponsor for the 2014 Commonwealth Games because ATOS have taken disability and sickness benefits away from poor and vulnerable people, reducing them to penury and extreme poverty. In addition, many people have died before the ATOS Fit for Work Assessment has been completed. The practices of this company are not compatible with Scottish social democratic values and therefore we call on the Petitions Committee to put our case to the Scottish Parliament so that the Parliament can reflect the opinions of many people in Scotland that ATOS be dropped as a sponsor for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Petition History:


18 March 2014: The Committee took evidence from Sean Clerkin, and Iain MacInnes, Secretary, Glasgow against ATOS. The Committee agreed to write to the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, ATOS, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Trades Union Congress, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Disability Sport, the Department for Work and Pensions and sportscotland. Link to Official Report 18 March 2014 (378KB pdf)

20 May 2014: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the work of ATOS IT is integral to the Games and a change of sponsor could undermine the smooth running of Glasgow 2014. In doing so, the Committee agreed to write to the Organising Committee drawing its attention to the evidence the Committee has gathered on this issue. Link to Official Report 20 May 2014 (491KB pdf)

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