The Delhi branch of AITUC organized a memorial meeting for Com.Sharma on 18th May 2013.
The hall was filled with trade unions affiliated with AITUC, members of CPI, and trade unions of various parties; Com. Sharma’s friends and family were also present. A delegation from Communist Ghadar Party of India participated in the meeting. Representatives of AICCTU and AIUTUC were also present.
Ramraj, General Secretary of the Municipal Corporation Union presided over the meeting, while Com.D.Sharma, AITUC’s Delhi Secretary convened the meeting. Various speakers – friends from the trade unions, comrades who had been in struggles with him, well-wishers and comrades of the Party narrated little known facts of Com. Sharma’s life.
Com. Prakash Rao expressed his condolences over Com Sharma’s passing away, on behalf of the CC of the CGPI and Mazdoor Ekta Committee. He said that we will always remember Com. Sharma’s efforts in organizing the joint front of trade unions in Delhi to strengthen the struggles of the workers for their rights. For over two decades, Com. Sharma had been a very effective leader and organizer of the joint action committee of the workers’ organizations in Delhi.
He said that in the course of leading the work of the Committee, Com Sharma ensured that there was no place for narrow or sectarian outlook. He did not allow ideological differences to impede the unity of the workers’ organizations in their joint actions.
CPI’s veteran leader, Com.M.M.Gop said that it was because of the joint actions of the trade unions in Delhi under Com. Sharma’s leadership that the Delhi government was forced to award Dearness Allowance twice a year. Com. Amardeep Kaur Secretary of CPI and AITUC recalled in detail the work and qualities of Com S N Sharma. Others who addressed the memorial meeting included, Mahesh Raathi of Yuva Morcha, Philomena John of NFIW, Sitaram Misra of Hotel Mazdoor Union, G L Dhar of Government Employees Union, Sankaran from AICCTU, Harish Tyagi of AIUTUC, Teeka Ram Sharma of Hospital Union. The meeting concluded with two minutes of silence in memory of Com Sharma.