James Larkin; the Irish Workers Union Activist

James Larkin was an Ireland born labor organizer and an activist born in 1874. He grew up from a humble family which he later left for Belfast. He acquired a bit of formal education that enabled him to secure a variety little jobs.

He later upgraded and as per the year 1905, James became a full-time trade union organizer. As a result of improper care to the workforces, He moved to National Union of Dock Laborers. The Irish born is remembered for his role in the 1913 Dublin Lockout.

The Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, the union gained fame in Ireland under James Larkin organization. The union primary focus was to bring all together all Irish laborers to enlighten them with their rights. The union did not discriminate; it combined all levels of employees.

The party was responsible for a string of strikes which included constant support for thoughtful strikes and boycotting of goods. Most significant of these were the anti-war marches, 1913 Dublin Lockout where more than 100,000 employees went on strike for almost eight months. Eventually, the union won the right to fair employment.

The Dublin lockout gained support from the time prominent leaders and influential figure such as James Connolly and William X. O’Brien together with Patrick Pearse,

In the year 1914, The Union collapsed and James left for the United States to raise funds to fight the British. In the United States, he became an enthusiastic supporter of the Soviet Union. In 1923, he was exiled to Ireland. By the year 1924, James organized a huge workers union of Ireland secured recognition from Communist International. Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia and James Larkin | Biography

He was a fervent Marxist who continued his labor organizing into the 1940s. In 1943 he became a member of Labor TD for North East Dublin. In late 1946 he died in the Meath Hospital in Dublin. In honor of James activism, the 50th anniversary of the Lockout marked the revival of the Larkin legend.

Larkin has been the subject of poems by Brendan Behan alongside other artists. Additionally, James Larkin was commemorated by an Irish rock band Black 47. Presently, Larkin statue stands on O’Connell Street in Dublin.

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