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Jim Larkin Memorial Day

August 6, 2010

On Saturday, members of the Liverpool Solidarity Federation joined in the procession in memory of Irish trade unionist and syndicalist James Larkin.

Big Jim was born to Irish parents in Liverpool in 1875, and later moved to Ireland to found the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, the Irish Labour Party, and later the Workers’ Union of Ireland.

He was inspirational in that he united Catholic and Protestant workers in struggle, the important message being that what unites us as a class is far more important than any factor that may divide us.

The march itself was lively, led by the Liverpool Irish Patriots and Jim Larkin Republican Flute Bands, going from Park Road in Toxteth, through the City Centre, and finishing at Liverpool Crown Court to raucous applause.

There, SolFed members distributed copies of our Wildcat! freesheet before the marchers went on to the First National for post-march drinks. All in all, a good day, and a reminder of the lively atmosphere of working class solidarity that defines Liverpool.

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