The Journey of Jim Larkin Towards Fighting for Workers’ Rights

Jim Larkin was born in the year 1876, in the city Liverpool, in northern England, where he grew up and went to school. He couldn’t get the best education in his native country, but that could not hinder him from achieving his future goals. In 1903, he married to Elizabeth, with whom they have four kids.

Through his love for people to have their right adhered to, he saw it was good to have a workers’ union, which will be fighting for the rights of the employees which were not adhered to, and in 1907, he founded the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. The union aimed to unite all the Irish workers, both the skilled and unskilled to work for their welfare. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia

It was also fighting for the rights of the unemployed workers to get employed, working for eight hours for a day, and all workers at the age of 60 to be paid their pension money.

He also had concerns about the transport sector, but he was putting more of his strength to the workers. With his union, he led a series of strikes as he knew through demonstration their grievances would be heard, like the one in 1913, which was fighting for the unskilled workers to get more rights to fair employment, and they succeeded through that confrontation.

In the year 1914, Larkin went to the states to lecture; he wanted to raise some money to fight against the British. He joined an American party called the Socialist Party of America and also the Industrial Workers of the World, which were also organizations for change.

After six years, James Larkin was convicted of a criminal case and later, he was deported back to Ireland, where after one year he was looking for recognition from the Communist International and organized a strike with the Ireland Workers’ Union.

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