Jim Larkin Fights for right working Conditions

During the twentieth century, the working conditions for Ireland were rough, and workers were living in misery. They complained of being underpaid and misused as workers. It is during this time that Jim Larkin stood and dedicated his life to fighting for others who were not ready to fight for their lives.

Labor unions were there, but they were for only those who are skilled and educated. Those who did not have the skills were working under conditions which were not safe and had no particular organizations that could fight for change.

At this time, there was a nationalist movement that swept the whole country, but they forgot one crucial thing the conditions of the working class. James Larkin was forced to mobilize people and help them ask for their rights because he had seen that people were being mistreated and were working under poor conditions. Read more: James Larkin | Biography

He was working on a dock in Liverpool and was born there by parents who had an Irish origin. It was then that he decided to participate in strikes after learning socialism.

He started agitating for equal rights as well as better working conditions for all employees. He was aggressive and became organized strikes as he was now working with the National Union of Dock Laborers. He later went to Ireland where he continued with his activism. After arriving in Belfast, he started organizing the unskilled laborers, but the officials of NUDL ignored him and settled with those who owned businesses.

Larkin was not happy with what the NUDL leaders had done. Hence he decided to start his union which was called the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. It became the largest union in Ireland with just three years of entry into the country.

Under his union and leadership, Jim Larkin started organizing many laborers but was faced with resistance from William Martin who was a nationalist and owned the Dublin Tramway Company. At the height of unrest Murphy who was against what Larkin was doing threatened workers to lose their jobs if they followed orders by Larkin.

However, Larkin was not deterred and still mobilized the members of onion to go on strike, but DUT locked them out, and there was an attempt to replace them with others.

There was unrest in Ireland as workers went on strike for months. There were also clashes between the police and workers on strike. Jim Larkin wanted to cause a massive change in socialism and had succeeded in mobilizing the unskilled workers. Larkin succeeded in improving the condition of workers in Ireland.

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