Comrade Gopu Govindarajan who became Circle Secretary of NFPE P4 Tamilnadu Circle quite recently on 24.10.2013 and who stole the hearts of thousands of employees through his dedicated services to postal workers in particular had passed away on 7.2.2014 night. He had a massive stroke on the night of 6.2.2014 and admitted in hospital. After unsuccessful treatment he was shifted to MIOT hospital. He, who fought many successful battles during his trade union career, battled unsuccessfully against the stroke and succumbed. He died without regaining his consciousness in hospital ICU ward. A warrior is thus no more among us.
As a ED Employee he entered in postal services. He started his active union career when he was ED in Chennai City North Division. He was Secretary of local ED branch of P3 North Division and the first ED who attended monthly meetings with SSPOs North Division. He led many struggles for ED along with P3 North Divisional Union. Joined P4 as an Office Bearer with other leading comrades on a compromise reached with Circle Secretary P4 Comrade A.G.Pasupathy by P3 North Divisional Union over formation of ED branches in P3 in Chennai city. Subsequently he was promoted to Postman cadre and became Branch Secretary of Ayanavaram P4 Branch Union as well as a Divisional Office Bearer of North Division. He got transferred to City South Division and subsequently was elected as Divisional Secretary of Chennai City South Division. He was elected as Assistant Circle Secretary and later at Indore AIC as All India Organising Secretary. He filled the long vacuum existed in P4 Circle Union due to organisational dispute in his capacity as a CHQ Office Bearer and finally became Circle Secretary himself in the CWC Meeting held at Madurai on 24th October 2013. Played a heroic role since 1984 ED Strike and led all strikes and died amidst his intensive activities of organising another strike call Confederation of of CG Employees on February 12-13, 2014.
A humanist, A bold trade union worker, A stead-fast fighter, A fine Organizer, A quick-witted and humorous orator, A good negotiator with Officers, A tireless activist, A friendly person to all including adversaries, A believer of socialistic principles, A great cadre Comrade Gopu Govindarajan is no more. Hundreds of comrades, friends and relatives bid farewell to him yesterday evening and his mortal remains were put to electro flames at about 06.00 P.M.
Red Salutes to you Comrade Gopu!
We shall remember you always!