Today, 13th July 2017, is the 79th death anniversary of Henry Barton, Pioneer of the P and T trade union movement in the country. He passed away in England on the same day in 1938 after ailing some time in the hospital.
Founder of the ‘Indian Telegraph Association’ in 1908 and the journal ‘Telegraph Recorder’ in the same year, Henry Barton, who was affectionately called as Harry Barton by his friends was a dynamic man who organised many struggles for the workers. He had to resign from the service after he was transferred to an isolated place and devoted his entire life to the service of the workers. He was the General Secretary of the ITA from 1908 to 1936.
He was a member of the Telegraph Enquiry Committee, Postal Enquiry Committee and also was nominated as a Member of the Bengal legislative Assembly. He left for England in 1936 for better treatment and passed away on 13th JUly 1938.
Red Salute to Comrade Henry Barton!