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January 26, 2018

The Great Labor Leader, Jim Larkin

James Larkin was a labor leader. He organized trade unions and led strikes all over Ireland. Not everybody agreed with his methods of doing this, but at the end of the day he got things done. He achieved great successes by just holding his ground and not allowing workers to be maltreated.

His life goals all started back in 1876 when Irish emmigrants bore him in slums. He grew up there and got accustomed to living in slums. He even went to school and worked to support his father. After James Larkin senior passed on the family did not crumble, because it already had an industrious man in their midst.

He married Elizabeth Brown in 1903 and in the same year became a member of the Irish Labour Party. He also joined the National Union of Dock Labourers in 1905 as a trade union organizer. He was sent on his first duty on behalf of the union to Ireland. His work was to organize workers. James Larkin did so and even arranged strikes. Most of their demands were met and requests accepted. Learn more about James Larkin: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html and http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm

However, something went wrong within NUDL in 1907 when James Larkin and James Sexton rubbed shoulders. This disagreement led James Larkin to go against the union’s directives by conducting a workers’ organization in Dublin. He was released in the same year.

In 1912, the Irish Labour Party was formed. The two that were behind this great formation were James Larkin and James Connolly. The Irish Labor Party led the strike in Dublin that came to be known as the Dublin Lockout.

James Larkin decided to go to the United States of America in 1914. He was arrested six years later for criminal anarchy. Two years later, after spending an incomplete term in jail, he was relieved of the charges and deported to Ireland.

Ireland was his parents’ original homeland. That is also where James Larkin first worked on behalf of NUDL. Ireland is where he was laid to eternal rest after he passed on in the late January of 1947. The milestone achievements he had made, however, can never be reputed.

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