The Fight for Better Working Conditions with James Larkin

Have you ever wondered what the work environment would be like without the work time limit or fair remuneration for work done? What if employers had all the power with no rules governing them? If you agree with me then it is true that worker or employees would have a very difficult time in the work environment. Learn more about James Larkin: http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/

They would probably be more working hours, extra time that is not well compensated and poor wages.

But if you think the conducive work environment that is in place nowadays came easy, you are mistaken. It came through hard work and numerous sacrifices from our forefathers and the people who fought so hard for the improvement of the work environment through advocacy for better pay and less working hours for all employees.

There is one legend who through sweat and blood made all these possible and we all owe the good work environment to him and other communists. His name is James Larkin.

Born in an under privileged family, he had to make ends meet. He was Born in Liverpool and had to do handy jobs for survival. He was known as a trade unionist and a communist. Learn more about James Larkin: http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm

Seeing the poor working conditions of workers at that time, he decided to advocate for fairer and more conducive working conditions. He first joined National Union of Dock laborers (NUDL) where he shared his ideas.

The people there did not like his means and was moved to Dublin where he formed the Irish Transport and general workers union (ITGWU).

He continued his advocacy until when he formed the Irish Labor Party and carried out a major lockout that was caused by workers strike for more than 8 months in 1913. They eventually won and were given fairer working conditions.

He moved to the US where he continued his advocacy through lectures and joining work unions. In the 1920 he was charged with criminal anarchy and the charges also included communism but later on released but was forced to go back to Ireland. He continued his advocacy until his death in 30th January 1947.

Well, the next time you enjoy the conditions at your workplace don’t forget that people like James Larkin worked hard to see that the work environment is much better today.

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