Jim Larkin A Fighter for Fairness

He was born in Liverpool, England on the 21st January of 1874. Though not highly educated, he was known to be a hardworking and a committed socialist. He did many manual jobs at the docks of Liverpool to assist his family, and it was not long before he became a foreman at the same docks.

Besides being a hardworking and a committed socialist, he got known as a trade unionist, magnificent and visionary agitator. He was an Irish labor organizer an activist and a trade union organizer in the National Union of Docks ’Laborers. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison and http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html

His main aim was to ensure that workers both skilled and non-skilled got fair pay. For the achievement of his mission, he gets credited for having brought about the establishment of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU). Read more: Jim Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia

This union became the region’s biggest union. The primary purpose of this union was to bring together all workers to have collective bargaining power when negotiating for better treatment and pay as workers.

Larkin never fell short of reasons to fight. During the world war one, he led demonstrations admonishing Irish citizens from fighting for any other country but Ireland. He then traveled to America to raise funds to fight the British. Only to get himself arrested and convicted of criminal anarchy and communism. He was pardoned three years later and deported back home.

His role as a human rights fighter made him be known as the man who revolutionized trade unions. He fought for fair pay through the introduction of different methods of struggle.

It was his wisest method of struggle as it helped him to avoid arrest because he never used violence. He succeeded in leading sympathetic strikes and boycotting of goods because he had many influential supporters like Patrick Pearse.

Jim Larkin did not only fight for the rights of workers, but he also did other jobs. He was an editor of real ability, titular general secretary of the ITGWU, freelance, public speaker.

Having fought many wars and won he was known as a labor champion. He continued working for the benefits of workers until his death on January 30th, 1947.

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