Human Rights Activist- Jim Larkin

He is a man who has risen beyond all odds born in a poor family living in the slums of Liverpool to Irish parents; Jim Larkin did not let his upbringing define him. He began by doing lots of manual jobs that gave an opportunity to be a foreman in the Liverpool’s docks. Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin – Biography

He went through hardships during his days working as casual laborers and he used his position as a foreman to get fairness to the manual laborers in Liverpool. His efforts to better the lives of his fellow workers led him to join the National Union of Doc Laborers (NUDL) in 1905 when he became a full trade union organizer.

Jim was very aggressive when it came to fighting the rights of his fellow workers and his actions and his regular strikes did not impress the National Union Doc Laborers which eventually forced the management to transfer him to Dublin in 1907.

Mr. Jim did not fail his followers and at Dublin, he created Irish Transport and General Worker’s Union (ITGWU).Larkin founded the union with a major purpose of uniting all Irish workers those with and without experience to look into their welfare. Jim was ready to fight for Irish workers and in December 1908 Irish Transport and General Worker’s Union program was launched. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://ireland-calling.com/james-larkin/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml

In the program, the following was published, an eight hours working system, pension for individuals who are over sixty years, provision for work for all unemployed in Irish. Other rights included railway transport and other means of transport, among other rules.

In 1912 Jim together with his partner James Connolly established the Irish Labor Party which was in the forefront of organizing several strikes and one of the most memorable one was the Dublin Lockout which took place in 1913. In that year more than 100000 workers in Dublin went on the streets and it won them rights to fair employment.

Jim Larkin was a different man and in 1914 he moved to the United States of America for a lecture tour where he raised funds to fight the British.

Jim could well be described as a socialite who even when in America he still went ahead to join human rights parties including Social Party of America and Industrial Workers of the World. His longtime friend and partner died during Easter rising in 1916 while Jim was still in the United States of America.

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