Jim Larkin is famed for his exceptional work in fighting for laborers rights. He is a renowned socialist, activist, and communist. Jim Larkin was a prominent labor activist and organizer.
He established the Irish Transport and General Workers` Union (ITGWU). James Larkin left behind a legacy that will be passed from one generation to another. He is the legend behind the trade unions in the world.
Jim was born on January 21, 1876, in Liverpool. He was raised in poverty life, and he didn’t have a chance to get the formal education. Having been raised in hardships, he started working at his tender age. Jim Larkin could do odd jobs to supplement the family earnings.
In his youth life, he was apprenticed to work in a company that his dad use to work before his death. Later he was fired and joined the shipping industry as a docker and sailor.
Jim Larkin made it through eventually after becoming the foreman in the Liverpool docks. Jim was a devoted socialist and Marxist who saw and believed that workers were unfairly treated and they deserved better treatment from their employers. For that sake, he joined National Union of Docks (NUDL) which made him venture into full-time trade union organizer in the year 1905. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/
Larkin’s militant strike approaches, alarmed the National Union of Docks which made him be transferred and work from Dublin in 1907. At Dublin as an activist, James founded the Irish Transport and General Workers` Union.
His goal was to bring together all Irish skilled, semi-skilled and industrial workers into a union that will help them air out their problems to the employers.
Jim later formed the Irish Labour Party through which he was involved in leading numerous strikes in Dublin, including the 1913 Dublin Lockout which attributed to over 100,000 employees to go on a strike for almost eight consecutive months. However, they won the right to fair employment.
During the World War I, Jim Larkin was responsible for staging anti-war demonstrations in Dublin, Ireland. He was committed to winning and moved to the United States in 1914 in search of funds to fight the British and support ITGWU which had fallen apart after the Dublin Lockout.
He later stood up and organized the Workers` Union of Ireland which made him receive awards from Communist International. James Larkin continuously organized the unions up to 1940s. He died in 1947, but his legacy is still living.