Activist- James Larkin

Activist- James Larkin

He was born to be a fighter, an advocate for human rights, this what James Larkin has been doing for the longest time he was alive. James Larkin on January 28th, 1874 in Liverpool, England. He was not lucky to be born in a well family, and everything was a struggle since he was a young boy. Jim Larkin began working as a young boy to supplement his family income.

He worked various manual jobs as a youth and through his hard work, he finally became a foreman at Liverpool docks. He was passionate about workers and how they were treated by their employers a move that led him to join National Union of Dock Laborers. In 1905 Jim Larkin became a full member of the workers union. Read more: James Larkin – Wikipedia and James Larkin | Ireland Calling

Mr. Larkin was very tough, and his militant methods court the eyes of the National Union of Dock Laborers, and he was taken to Dublin where he created another organization to fight for the rights of workers which was known as Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. Larkin established the Union with a primary aim of connecting all Irish workers both skilled and unskilled.

His efforts to help Irish workers did not end when he created the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, instead he went ahead to form Irish Labor Party which was responsible for organizing workers strikes. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and James Larkin | Ireland Calling

In 1913 the Irish Labor Party organized what is considered to be one of the largest strike ever to happen when workers did not go to work for eight months.

During the first World War, Larkin was in the front line to start anti-war demonstrations, and he even moved to the United States of America to raise finances to battle the British.

Three years later he was pardoned and deported to Ireland after he was accused of socialism and criminal disorder.

The Worker’s Union of Ireland was established in 1924 by the activists, and it was recognized by Communist International.

In 1903 Larkin married Elizabeth, and the two were blessed with four sons. James Larkin continued to fight for human and also for the rights of his fellow workers until his death in 1947.


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