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Meet Jim Larkin, a prominent Irish Labor leader, and a social activist

Posted on 20 June, 2018 in Leaders

Jim Larkin is regarded as one of the most hardworking and bravest people in England when it comes to fighting for the rights of the other citizens. He was born in a poor background that his family used to reside in the slums of Liverpool.

He even did not receive a much formal education. The part of the education that he went through it was just a struggle because he used to go to school in the morning hours and in the afternoon he used to work to sustain his family. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml and http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/

Besides, his father died when he was a teenager, and he was forced to work in the firm that his father used to work. He was dismissed after some time and started working as a docker. His background and his education status did not prevent him from becoming the man he is today.

He worked hard to make sure that he turned his interests and capabilities into a unique career that would make a difference in his life. He had much interest in social activism and did not like the way workers were being treated. He decided to fight for the rights of the workers and for fare wage rated to be given by the employer.

He, therefore, joined the Independent Labor party where he was elected as one of the foremen to lead the strike on the Liverpool docks. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and James Larkin – Wikipedia

The results of the strike made him lose his job, but because of his courage and reputation, he was appointed as a temporary organizer at National Union of Dock Laborers after which he got a permanent position and was moved to Scotland where he successfully organized workers to campaign against Chinese Immigration.

Besides, Jim Larkin made a lot more achievements as a social activist one of them being a leader of the Irish Labor movement where he organized workers to strike against the poor wage rates provided by the employers.

He did not succeed, but he never lost hope. He, therefore, moved to Dublin where he successfully organized workers, but this time he was suspended from the Union because he led the strike against the Union Instructions. Also, he was also the founder of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union.

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