James Larkin, also commonly known as Jim Larkin is one of the most popular figures in Ireland when it comes to labor’s rights and organization. He is the one who founded the famous Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union and ensured that the people get their rights.
Born in 1876, James Larkin witnessed a lot of unfair practice later in his life in the field of labors’ rights and paid. It is for this reason he resolved to strengthen the position of workers and formed the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, which went on to become the biggest union in the country.
As the ITGWU dissolved later on during the time of Dublin Lockout, Jim Larkin moved to the United States to continue his struggle and voice his opinion on labor’s right as a social activist. However, his struggle didn’t end there, and he has deported from the United States soon after.
James Larkin had a rough childhood and grew up in the low-income neighborhood of Liverpool, England. He did have formal education, but his youth died early as he had to do various jobs simultaneously to support his family.
Due to his leadership skills and is a great orator, Jim Larkin went on to become the leader at the docks of Liverpool. While working at the docks, Jim Larkin realized that the rights of the labors are being forfeited wrongfully, and it is for this reason he joined National Union of Dock Labourers to become a trade union organizer.
It helped Jim Larkin to get noticed and become a prominent figure among the workers in the country. His way of protest against the authorities and the militant strike techniques became popular, and he was transferred later to Dublin where he eventually started the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union.
In 1912, Jim Larkin in association with James Connolly launched the famous Irish Labour Party that rose to tremendous power in the country and helped give the power back in the hands of the labors. More than 100,000 workers went on strike due to the Jim Larkin and other leaders’ support, and finally, the fair employment deal was signed by the industry leaders.