James Larkin was an incredible labor organizer in Ireland born on January 21, 1876, in Liverpool, England and died on January 30, 1947, in Dublin, Ireland.
Being brought up in the slums in Liverpool, James had little formal education, and therefore he had to work more than one job including a foreman at the Liverpool docks in his youth days to help his family. He was a socialist who felt like workers did not receive fair treatment which led him to join the National Union of Dock Laborers (NUDL).
Larkin became a full-trade union organizer on 1905. NUDL transferred him to Dublin where he then formed the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU) with the aim of combining all Irish Industrial workers both skilled and unskilled to share ideas under one organization and funding their strikes. The union worked until the Dublin Lockout when it fell apart.
In 1914 Mr. Larkin moved to the United States where he continued with his labor organizing programs and also wanted to pursue a freelance career with the aim of becoming an incredible public speaker. The workers’ strikes funded by ITGWU were getting expensive, and therefore James began working towards shifting its headquarters to Liberty Hall which was affordable.
Later, on May 11, 1999, James formed the Irish Labour Party with a goal of also leading strikes. For example, the most viral one was when it led the 1913 Dublin Lockout where over 100, 000 workers were on strike for about eight months, and eventually, they received the right to fair employment. Mr. Larkin funded some anti-war demonstrations in Dublin during the First World War.
Moreover, he traveled to the United States to also fund organizations but was convicted of communism and criminal anarchy in 1920. After three years he was proved innocent and transferred to Ireland. James Larkin is an individual who was well known for bringing together the Workers Union of Ireland for protection of their rights.
James also received some awards from different organizations. For example, he was recognized as an active individual by the communist International in 1924.James was positive about helping workers receive fair treatment.
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