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Jim Larkin’s fight against the mistreatment of Irish workers

Jim Larkin was born on 21st January 1976. He was an Irish socialist activist and trade union leader, and he was born to Irish parents in Liverpool. They later relocated to a small cottage in Burren, Southern County Down. Jim came from a humble background and began to work at a very tender age to provide for his family.

Growing up in poverty and the hard life in slums made Jim acquire little formal education and work at variety casual jobs while he was still young. Supplementing the needs of his family was never an easy task as he was forced to attend school in the morning and work in the afternoons.

Jim Larkin developed a passion for socialism in the year 1893 and joined Independent Labour Party. After working at the docks as a foreman, Jim together with his fellow workers organized a strike that led to his dismissal from his position. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia

Due to the impression he set while working at the Liverpool docks, the National Union of Dock Labourers appointed him as a temporal organizer, a post that later on became permanent. He was then allowed to move to Scotland and Britain where he successfully organized the workers through his campaigns.

In the year 1907, Jim arrived in Belfast to organize the city Dockers on behalf of the trade union movement. He managed to mobilize the worker’s fight for their right to fair employment and wages. The employees refused to give in to the grievances on salaries, and that resulted in a strike that was actively participated by workers in June.

Jim succeeded in mobilizing the Protesting and Catholic workers alongside the police who also joined the strike. In the year 1908, Jim made a considerable achievement in assembling workers in Waterford, Cork, and Dublin. Jim involvement in giving directives resulted in a conflict of interest in Dublin and thus resulted in his dismissal from NUDL.

The personal dispute led to his trial and conviction in the year 1910, in response to diverting the union’s funds pay for the strike. Jim served for three months, and he was released when the sentence was regarded unjust.

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