Shocking surprise - ATOS profits dont drip down to their staff!

We're seeing more and more civil service jobs being farmed out to private companies whose staff get less training, pay, and  pensions while being offered poorer working conditions than the public sector. According the Atos Origin annual report for 2009 the company raked in revenue worth €5,127 Billion. This includes ‘solid growth’ across their public sector contracts which saw a revenue increase of 9% “mainly in the UK”. Last year Atos Origin’s profits rose by 8.75% to 196 Million Euros thanks to “a strong performance by its UK operations” . At the same time, Atos Healthcare has refused to meet a  pay award for its own staff, some of whom earn less than £13,000 a year. Meanwhile  the Atos CEO, Thierry Breton, enjoyed a salary of €276,846 and ‘stock options’ of €700,000.
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