Jim Larkin carried out several manual works, and later he got a position where he worked as the foreman at Liverpool docks. Jim was a socialist, and he aimed at protecting the rights of the workers.
Jim Larkin became part of the (NUDL) National Union of Dock Laborers and later in 1905, and he managed to be a permanent trade union organizer. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and James Larkin – Wikipedia
The NUDL was bored by the strikes of Jim Larked, and as a result in 1907 they moved him to Dublin. While in Dublin, Larkin launched a union called Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU). Jim aimed to put all the industrial workers including the skilled and unskilled into a common union.
In 1908, Jim outlined ITGU’s political programme; legal eight hours’ day, pension for all the employees aged 60 years and provision of jobs to all unemployed. Adult suffrage, mandatory Arbitration Courts, the nationalism of canals and all transport means.
In the year 1912 Jim Larkin and James Connolly established a union known as Irish Labor Party and this union led several strikes and the most prominent was the Dublin Lockout in 1913. The unskilled employees in Dublin had minor rights. Not less than approximately 100,000 employees participated in the strike that lasted for roughly more than seven months, and they were able to win rights to fair employment.
In 1914, Jim Larkin planned to go for a lecture trip to the United States as he raised some money to fight the British. In America, Jim joined the (IWW) Industrial Workers of the World and the Socialist Party of America. While Jim Larkin was still in America, in 1916 the Easter Rising occurred in Ireland. James Connolly, the friend of Jim Larkin, did not survive the Easter Rising, he died on 17th March 1918.
Later, Mr. Larkin formed the James Connolly Socialist Club in the city of New York. The club became the heart of the left-wing activities. In 1920, Jim was convicted of illegal anarchy and communism he was pardoned after three years and taken back to Ireland. In 1924, Jim was rewarded by the Communist International after successfully organizing Ireland’s Workers’ Union.
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