opened.

OPENING OF CLERICAL
BRANCH AT MADRAS

Notably M/s. Syed Madar, Babu Mudaliar, A.M.Govindarajulu Mudaliar, Desikan Sourirajan were among the foremost in the organisation of the Union for the clerica l staff - i s notab, e t o record that Dr. A. Ramaswamy Mudaliar and Shri Abdul
Hameed Khan, B.A., B.L., addressed many a meeting of the clerical staff in those
days.

MONTHLY MAGAZINE
OF OUR UNION

Since the office work in Perambur Union was increased, Shri P.R.K. Sharma B.A.,w a s appointed as the Office Manager in whose period English monthly publication by name 'M.& S.M. Railwaymen' came out first. Soon after Tamil publication inthe name of 'Thozhilali' also came out under the editorship of A.K. Velan.

The importance of the Union was felt by the then Chief Mechanical Engineer when the Hubli Workshop men went out on a spontaneous strike due to the high- handedness of the foreman of Millwright shop.The General Secretary Shri R. Sreenivasalu Naidu was deputed to restore normalcy at Hubli and to submit a report. On the General Secretary's report on his return from Hubli, the Millwright Shop Fore- man was transferred to Perambur Workshop.

FAILURE TO FORM STAFF COUNCIL

The administration realising that the trade union movement is vigorously infil trating into the workers tried to upset it by creation of Staff Council which was cleverly made unworkable by the Union representatives in the first meeting itself by raising several intricate points and the Presiding officer abondoned the Council meeting and the idea was dropped.

RECOGNITION OF UNION

Under the leadership of Shri V.V. Giri, the membership rose to 28,000 and the demands also increased. On 20-12-29 a memorandum consisting of 89 demands in eluding recognition of the Union was submitted to the Agent. The question of recogni tion was put off by the Agent on the plea that there were 4 unions and which Union had to be recognised. Shri V.V. Giri insisted for a discussion which was arranged accord ingly but Shri Giri when entered the room found that already Shri Manicka Mudaliar, Supervisor of the Machine Shop seated in the room. On questioning, the Agent inso- lently replied that he was invited as a representative of the non-Union workers. Shri Giri had to leave the room with disgust.

MEETING WITH SECRETARY, HOME BOARD

On 4-3-1930, the Secretary of the Home Board by name Sir Charles Magniac visited Madras and he desired to meet the President of the Union. Shri Giri discussed with him some of the demands including the question of recognition. A detailed infor- mation was sought by the Agent and certain procedural clauses were asked to be followed for early recognition of the Union. On the whole, the meeting was cordial and this boosted the Union very much.

VISIT OF ROYAL COMMISION ON LABOUR

The Royal Commission on Labour called the Whitley Commission came to Ma- dras on 3-3-1930. Meeting took place in the Presidency College, Shri R. Srinivasalu Naidu. General Secretary of the Union was co-opted as a member of a panel. M/s. Syed Madar, A.S. Fernandez, S.M. Sundarachari, K. Veeraswami, Thoman, G. Krishnamurthi, Lakshminarayana and P.R.K. Sharma gave evidence on behalf of the South Indian Railway Labour Union. Shri S. Guruswami gave evidence on behalf of the All India Railwaymen's Federation.

A reply to the 89 demands from the Agent was received by the Union which was not encouraging. Shri. V.V. Giri wrote a strong letter warning the Agent that if the