James Larkin and his Historic Fight for Workers Rights

A brief History of James Larkin

Jim Larkin as commonly referred was an activist and organizer of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. Jim was born 1876, January 21st in Liverpool, England. Upon the establishment of the workers union, it became the largest in the region for ensuring equality of working and that ensuring that their grievances were addressed.

Unfortunately, the ITGWU fell apart around 1914 when the co-founders, James Larkin and Dublin Lockout traveled to the United States albeit he would later be deported to England. As a staunch Marxist, he continued with labor organization in the 1940s, but on 30th January 1947, he died in Dublin Ireland.

How did James Grow up like?

Despite the labor organizations he started, it is notable that Jim grew up in the slums of England in Liverpool and because of the poverty levels he was unable to acquire quality education. He had to undertake odd jobs to supplement the family income throughout his youth like, but because of his diligence, he ended up being a foreman in Liverpool Docks. Learn more about Jim Larkin:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62B9_xQpw0A and http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm

James Larkin was a socialist and an activist who believed that the workers were being treated unfairly by their employees who used them as a means to their end. It was against this background that he decided to join the National Union of Dock Laborers and later from 1905 became a full-time trade union organizer to attempt and ensure better services and a conducive environment for the workers.

Milestones and Impacts of James Larkin

When  he was transferred from Liverpool to Dublin, James Larkin formed the Irish Transport and General Workers Union which aimed at merging all skilled and non-skilled workers of Irish origin into one organization.

He later formed the Labor’s Party which was responsible for various strikes in Dublin. The most significant labor strike of employees is the one that lasted about eight months, and over 100,000 employees absconded duty, and eventually, they won the case of a right to fair employment.

On the onset of the WW1, he traveled to the United States to raise money to assist in fighting the British. He also stages large anti-war protests and demonstrations in Dublin. It was in 1920, while in the US that he was convicted of criminal anarchy and deported to Ireland.

It was certain that James Larkin would not just sit as people were being oppressed in any manner whatsoever, he had to put up a fight for fairness.

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