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Cleaners rally for Mudashiru Atooki

Issue No. 2223

Over 35 people protested in support of RMT union member and cleaner Mudashiru Atooki on Monday of this week.

They included RMT members, Unite members, cleaners and other supporters.

Atooki was arrested for alleged immigration offences last month. He was later freed.

Debbie, a cleaner at the protest, said, “We suffer a lot of racism from the companies.

“It is very good to be here to stand up with other people who are not cleaners, who are not migrants.”

Clara, the secretary of the RMT cleaners’ grade which organised the protest with London Region RMT, spoke to the protest, explaining how cleaners were being victimised by companies.

Joy, one of the cleaners’ stewards, said, “We are ready to come back again and again. The company think they can pick on us migrants. But we are going to stand up.”

Steve Hedley, the RMT regional organiser, told the protest, “What initial fail to understand is that the cleaners are not alone. When you pick on a cleaner, you pick on the whole RMT and we are going to keep up the protests until Initial stops. No one is illegal.”

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Tue 12 Oct 2010, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2223
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