Brian Munro, a London Underground worker, RMT Executive member, and former member of Workers’ Liberty and its predecessor group Socialist Organiser, died on Saturday 28 June after a long battle with ocular melanoma, an extremely rare form of eye cancer.
Brian fought the disease, and significantly outlived his initial prognosis. He died peacefully surrounded by his family in an East London hospice.
Brian was born in Glasgow in 1968, and joined Socialist Organiser (later AWL) in 1992. He was a member until the late 1990s. In the 1990s he began working on the railway — first in the ticket office at Waterloo mainline station, then as a guard and then a driver on London Underground’s Bakerloo Line.
He became Branch Secretary of the RMT’s Bakerloo branch in the late 90s, going on to become one of the RMT London Transport Region’s longest-serving Branch Secretaries. In late 2013, he was elected to the London Transport Region seat on the RMT’s Executive, beginning his term of office in January 2014.
Friends, colleagues, and comrades remember Brian as a tireless fighter for workers’ rights and socialist politics, taking the same spirit into the fight against his cancer. He is survived by his partner, Lucy, and two young children.
His funeral will take place on Friday 11 July at 12.15pm at Manor Park Cemetery, Sebert Rd, London E7 0NP.