Com.P.R.Menon, veteran leader of the Railway workers passed away at Mumbai on 5th December 2014 at the age of 81. He was the unquestioned leader of the National Railway Mazdoor Union (NRMU), former General secretary of the Union for 33 years and now the President of the same. He was also Vice-President of the All India Railwaymens’ Federation (AIRF) for a long time.
Com.P.R.Menon was born in Tirur, Kerala and after studies joined the Railways Office in Bombay. Within no time he became active in the union and was elected as the President of NRMU at the comparatively young age of 36. Since then he is in the leadership of the Railways Unions and have led and organised many struggles for the Railway workers.
He led the 1960, 1968 strikes and was victimised several times. After the historical 20 days Railway Strike of 1974, he was kept out of service for many years. He was a communist and sacrificed his entire life for the working class.
I had the opportunity to meet him several times, in the meetings of the unions and also at Mumbai when I went there. He was of very simple nature and met the workers and helped them in many ways.
His death is a big loss to the trade union movement in the country, especially the Railway workers. My Respectful Homage and Red Salute to Com. P.R.Menon.