Jim Larkin

Jim Larkin was born on January 21, 1876, in Liverpool, England. Growing up, Larkin didn’t have much of much of a normal education. He worked many jobs in his youth. He eventually went on to become a socialist because of the things he seen and went through while working. He became the leader of the Irish labor movement. Read more: James Larkin | Ireland Calling and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia

He believed that workers didn’t get treated the way they were supposed to and went on to join the National Union of Dock Laborers. In the early 1900’s, Jim Larkin became a full-time trade union organizer.

In 1907 he headed to Dublin and founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. Jim Larkin decided it was a good idea to have all the unions join forces and create one big organization. Down the line, this is when the Irish Labour Party was born. Jim Larkin was in charge of being the leader of a series of worker strikes.

The most memorable being the Dublin lockout where Larkin led 100,000 workers in a strike that lasted almost eight months. Jim Larkin and the workers won the strike and earned the right to fair employment.

Larkin was also known to not use violence in the leading of his strikes knowing that, that would just further complicate things. He was also a posed of the war that had begun in Irish and told the Irish men to not partake in the war.

In 1914 Jim Larkin ended up traveling to the United States for a lecture tour. While there, he also helped raise funds to fight the British. While in America Larkin joined the Socialist Party of America and the industrial Workers of The World.

In the early 1920’s Jim Larkin was found guilty of criminal anarchy and communism. Three years later he was departed back to Ireland. That didn’t stop Larkin. He went on to create The Workers Union of Ireland.

Larkin kept his socialist duties going strong all the way until his death in 1947. He has become one of the most historic people who have paved the way for workers employment rights.

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