JIM LARKIN’S RACE FOR WORKERS RIGHTS

Jim Larkin was born on 21 January 1876 in Liverpool, England. He was married to Elizabeth Brown since 1903 and was a father of four sons.

He underwent a little formal education and later worked to supplement the family income through a variety of youth jobs and in one instance he was the foreman at the docks of Liverpool. Learn more about Jeremy Goldstein: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml

In 1905 Jim Larkin joined the National Union of Docks Laborers (NUDL) as a committed socialist and became a full-time union trade organizer. His militant strike methods terrified the Union, and he got posted to Dublin in the year 1907 where he founded the General Works Union and the Irish Transport.

The union’s primary aim was to bring together all the Irish industrial workers both the skilled and non-skilled and form a single organization.

Jim Larkin after some years passed by he established the Irish Labor Party and he organized several industrial actions with the labor party.

The mother of all strikes that he led was that of Dublin in 1913 where about 10000 employees went on strike for almost eight months and finally, they were able to win the right to fair employment. When the First World War broke in, he organized many antiwar protests in Dublin and even went a step further to go back to the United States to raise money to fight the British.

After returning to America to raise funds,  Larkin also went for a lecture tour and while there he joined the Socialist Party of America together with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

During this time he was in the United States the Easter Rising occurred in Ireland in the year 1916, and one of his friend James Connolly passed on in the Easter Rising and on 17th March 1918 he established the Socialist Club in New York, and it acted like the center of left side activities. In 1920 he was charged with criminal anarchy and communism.

He was later pardoned and exiled to Ireland where he organized the Worker’s Union and secured international communist recognition in 1924. Throughout his life, Jim Larkin worked tirelessly to benefit the workers until 30th January 1947 when he died.

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