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Jim Larkin an Irish Hero who Helped to Transform Ireland’s Workforce

Every person that is able to work, is expected to get a job. Once they are in the workforce, they are expected to do their fair share of the workload and to be productive members of their organization. Workers also want something in return. Read more: James Larkin – Wikipedia

They want to be protected from exploitation, they want fair wages and they want benefits that will help their families. Thankfully, trade unions were created to help workers to get receive these types of employment attributes.

Jim Larkin understands trade unions. He used them to transform Irish society during the late 1800s and early 20th century. Larkin was a wise man that he had to stop workers from being misused by their employers. During his late teens early 20s, Larkin worked in a variety of positions. He was an apprentice, sailor and dockworker. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml

During his time as a dockworker, he became a foreman. Larkin started to notice that many of his fellow workers were being mistreated in terms of the time they put in on their jobs and the pay they received for their effort. This had to change. He helped to organize strikes and he also helped to advance pro worker organizations such as National Union of Dock Labourers or NUDL.

The National Union of Dock Labourers was a defining moment in the life of Jim Larkin because it allowed him to perfect his skills as a protester, organizer and striker. Larkin’s efforts cannot be disregarded or dismissed.

He is considered of the father of Ireland’s labor trade unions. His work has also helped to revolutionize Irish workers involvement internationally. He even instituted protocols that would impact workers from various fields well into the future.

Jim Larkin has long since passed but his legacy as a great labor organizer endures until this day.

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