Appreciate that many of you will have seen my Twitter account @secretassessor1 and Facebook page (Arthur Merchant). Although the story of my time with Atos, and how we got to this point is contained within @secretassessor1, it has become a bit spread out and hard to follow. My idea is to try and put it all on here, in some kind of chronological order. It will contain an overview of (or lack of) Atos training methods (between Feb 16th 2016, and May 11th 2017 when I resigned), the day to day farce of working within one of their offices, appalling treatment of claimants, incentive schemes about which, they lied to Parliament, and the circumstances which led to me being suspended/going off sick, at signs of what appeared to be a witch hunt against me. Although some of my points are anecdotal, I shall continue to publish any documents which demonstrate incompetence and total disregard for both claimants and staff.
As I have pointed out before, I’m sure some of you will think I am the devil incarnate. All I can do is offer my sincere apologies, and direct you to my blog post “Why?” in order to give you a brief idea of what possessed me. One thing I do know is that when a person finds themselves sat behind a motorway bridge abutment, considering throwing themselves under a lorry, and it’s all down to the way their employer has treated them; your levels of empathy for claimants who have to deal with Atos goes skyward.
The feelings of love and support on both Twitter and Facebook have been absolutely incredible. A few of you have advised that I proceed with caution and consider my own health first. After what I can only describe as the worst year of my life, I am slowly seeing some improvement but of course I am aware of not overdoing things. I’m going to be honest and tell you that when the time is right, and we have the right ears pricked up and listening, I am going to put my head above the parapet and sing like a canary. I asked the question yesterday “where are the cease and desist letters?”. I believe I know the answer to this is one of two things; A) They really don’t give a shit and feel they are above the law, or B) They are sat there thinking, he doesn’t know anything. We can counter accusations of out of date protocol and training with rhetoric about how it’s been updated, and he is a bitter ex-employee. who we (Atos) will attempt to discredit.
Well here’s the rub my friends, fire away. Other than a few speeding fines and enjoying an odd joint, there’s nothing criminal to find in my past. I’m ashamed of a couple of things I’ve done in my life, but nothing that the people who love me, haven’t forgiven me for. The few things that those people don’t know, would I suspect have them rolling round in fits of tears anyway. Bring it on!
Sorry it’s a short one tonight, but I’m starving and off to have my tea 😉