Former secondary maths teacher, primary school governor, College of North West London lecturer — and, most importantly, trade unionist — Indro Sen has died shortly before his 68th birthday.
In 2016-17 Indro was involved in a dispute at CNWL over his allegations of corruption in an apprenticeship scheme. He was suspended from his job allegedly because of his support at an employment tribunal for a sacked colleague and his opposition to the CNWL’s merger with Westminster College.
At the time Peter Murry, Trade Union Liaison officer for the London Federation of Green Parties and for Brent Green Party supported Sen and said, ‘Both of these actions are entirely proper for a University and College Union Branch Secretary to carry out. If Indro Sen’s suspension is a result of his performing the legitimate duties of a UCU Officer, then he himself seems to be threatened with unfair treatment and victimisation.’
His son Shenin said on Twitter:
On Wednesday we lost my father Indro Sen. Being unaware of his underlying health issues, this has been a complete shock for me & my family, which is where my full focus is right now.
His whole life was dedicated to helping others, I couldn’t have asked for a better role model.
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the NEU, said:
So sorry to hear of the loss this week of Indro Sen. Long time NUT and then UCU militant.
Long time school rep at Kingsland secondary school. Successful fights against victimisation.
Highly regarded Maths teacher. Brilliant ally in fights as a parent, and governor, at Benthal Primary school.
Many condolences to all the family. Rage against the dying of the light. Rest in Peace Sen.
Bernard Regan, long time member of the NUT, summed up Indro Sen, the person:
A great comrade and campaigner. At the centre of fighting many injustices. I will remember him for his strength of character and gentleness of being. I will remember his laugh with fondness. His hat, which he wore all the time — his eye for detail and passionate commitment to fighting injustices, including those inflicted on him. We will remember him.