Jim Larkin: Passionate Irish activist

Jim Larkin is a renowned Irish activist and labor organizer. He is the founder of the famous Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. Jim was born in January 1876 in the interiors of Liverpool in England.

He made sure that in his lifetime he has established a union for the Irish workers called Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. This is among the largest unions in the area.

Jim was a leader in making. He grew up in the slums of the Liverpool and later acquire a little formal education. To take care of his humble family, he sought for youth jobs where he headed up being a foreman in the docks of Liverpool. His commitment to the workers became ignited. He became a fervent socialist.

To foster his dedication, he joined the National Union of Dock Labourers where he became a trade union organizer on a full-time basis in 1905. He had always believed that the works in the area were not given their rights especially concerning the right to fair employment.

Due to his vibrant pursuit, Jim was transferred to Dublin by the union in 1907. That is when he found an opportunity to launch his organization. The aim of this bold union was to bring together all Irish workers in the industries who are either skilled or unskilled into an organization. Learn more about Jim Larkin: https://www.biography.com/people/james-larkin-215214

After that, he pursued to form another union that he called Irish Labour Part. This was the party responsible for the many series of strikes that were heard then. One of the most vivid is the 1913 incident that lasted for around eight months with more than 100,000 workers in turn out. Read more: James Larkin – Wikipedia and James Larkin | Ireland Calling

They eventually received their cry for fair employment. Around the same time, the World War I broke out with Jim Larkin plotting a massive demonstration in Dublin.

He made efforts to travel to the United States where he would seek support to fight the British in the land. It did not last long without him being accused of criminal anarchy and communism act.

This resulted to him deport into Ireland. In Ireland, he formed the Workers’ Union of Ireland and secured a post until he died.

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