THE FOUNDER OF IRISH TRANSPORT AND GENERAL WORKERS’ UNION, JAMES LARKIN

James Larkin is the current Irish Labor organizer and activist who started the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. James Larkin was born in the year 1876 January 21st in Liverpool, England. The Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union is the largest union in the region. James was a fervent Marxist who continues organizing labor into the 1940s. Learn more about Jim Larkin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Larkin

James grew up in the slums, and to sustain his family’s income, he worked in various jobs in his young age, and he then became a foreman at the Liverpool docks.

James Larkin decided to join the National Union of Dock Laborers since he felt that there was unfair treatment of workers. In the year 1905, James became a full-time trade union organizer.

The purpose of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union was to bring together all the Irish industrial workers both the skilled and unskilled. James, later on, founded the Irish Labor Party where he led to some strikes.

The most effective strike took place in 1913 at the Dublin Lockout where 100,000 and more struck for close to eight months, and they won their right to fair employment. When the First World War took place, James Larkin led to the large anti-war demonstrations in Dublin.

James also traveled to the United States where he raised funds to fight the British. In the year 1924, he received recognition from the Communist International. In the year 1908 December, James Larkin gave the outline of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union.

They were the provision of work for all the unemployed, legal eight hours of work in a day, pension for workers at the age of 60 years, adult suffrage, compulsory arbitration courts, national railways, canals and transport. James Larkin’s methods of the strike were: sympathetic strikes and boycotting of goods.

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