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Unions’ would-be MP – Barking Tube cleaner backing better pay

PUBLISHED: 08:23 06 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:23 06 March 2015

Trade unionist Joseph Mumbuliya will stand in the general election

Trade unionist Joseph Mumbuliya will stand in the general election

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A “low-paid” worker on the Underground is standing as Barking’s Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate in May after witnessing the “awful treatment” of cleaners on the Tube.

Joseph Mambuliya, of Roycraft Avenue, Barking, has won the backing of the local railway workers’ union and is now seeking national support from the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT).

The 54-year-old is a health and safety representative and was inspired by the late RMT leader, Bob Crow, to take an active part in the struggle for higher wages.

“Cleaners don’t get sick pay, or incentives or free travel and they’re bullied,” Joseph told the Post.

“I realised I have to do something about it otherwise there’s no hope for humanity. I’m fighting for their rights.

“I keep telling the cleaners I work with to go out and campaign and take a stand but they shy away from it.

“This has to stop but we can’t sit back in an armchair and expect it to change.

“If you have something in your heart you have to act on it. The main thing here is equal rights – I want the cleaners to have the same rights as everyone else.”

The East Ham branch of the RMT, which covers the Barking branch of the District line, voted to support Joseph on February 5.

Joseph has worked on the underground for 10 years and joined TUSC two years ago.

He supports the TUC’s demand for a minimum wage of £10 an hour for low paid workers and for a 35 hour week without loss of pay.

“I know what it means to get off your knees and fight for your rights,” he said.

“And if elected I will take only the average skilled workers’ wage in Barking and Dagenham.

“I want to see change happen in May and I want to put smiles on people’s faces.”

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