Atos 'not fit' to sponsor Commonwealth Games

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Petitioner Sean Clerkin told MSPs he believed Atos were "contract killers" who were "not fit" to sponsor the 2014 Commonwealth Games, on 18 March 2014.

Mr Clerkin's petition calls for the Scottish Parliament to urge the 2014 Commonwealth Games' organising committee to drop IT company Atos as a sponsor.

He told the Public Petitions Committee the company, who assess whether benefits claimants are fit to work, were a "toxic brand".

Last month Atos confirmed it was seeking to end its government contract.

Staff carrying out work capability assessments for Atos have received death threats online and in person, according to the Financial Times.

Disability campaigners have described the work tests as "ridiculously harsh and extremely unfair".

Mr Clerkin said it was disappointing no MSPs, apart from the convener David Stewart, asked any questions about the petition.

Iain MacInnes from Glasgow against Atos also gave evidence.

The committee agreed to continue the petition and write to a number of organisations including the Department of Work and Pensions, Atos and the Scottish government.

MSPs then considered the following current petitions:

  • PE1488 by Pete Gregson, on behalf of Kids not Suits, on whistleblowing in local government;
  • PE1498 by Colin Emerson, on behalf of Edinburgh Secular Society, on religious representatives on local authority education committees;
  • PE1501 by Stuart Graham on public inquiries into self-inflicted and accidental deaths following suspicious death investigations;
  • PE1502 by Shonah Gibbon on saving Ecurie Ecosse cars.

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