Some 500 Irish people, socialists, trade unionists and anti-fascists marched from Jim Larkin’s birthplace to the Liverpool Docks last Saturday.
Larkin, along with James Connolly, led the emerging Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU) in 1913, when Dublin’s bosses tried to starve workers into submission.
The march was organised by the James Larkin Society, Liverpool. The CWU, PCS and Unite unions, and Unite Against Fascism supported it.
Speakers profiled the politics of Larkin, Connolly and working class solidarity to the sound of the Liverpool Irish Patriots Flute Band.
CWU general secretay Billy Hayes and its Irish president, Cormac O Dallaigh addressed the closing rally.
Richard Boyd Barrett, a Dublin MP for the People Before Profit Alliance, sent a solidarity message.
Fascists had targeted last year’s march. But this time chair Mary Doolin could observe, “a real commitment to ensure that Irish community and trade union events proceed unhindered, free from protesters involved in racist and sectarian abuse aimed at marchers.”
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