James Larkin (Jim)is an Irish activist as well local organizer that was born in the mid 1800’s. Jim started to General Workers Union, it became the regions biggest union and Irish transport. He was born in England and grew up in the tough part of Liverpool, with very little education.
Instead, Jim had to help support family in his younger years. Working may different jobs to help out the family, he landed a position at the Liverpool dock as the foreman.
Jim believed in being treated fair, he believed many of the workers at the dock were not treated fairly. So he became a full time union organizer and joined the National Union Dock Labourers, in 1905. James strong views on treatment of the workers, did not sit well with the National Union Dock Labourers and he was transferred in 1907 to Dublin. Read more: Jim Larkin – Biography
Where he started the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU). Jim’s goal was to help all Irish industrial workers whether skilled or not skilled, they all belong in one organization.
As a part of the labor party he and his party lead a lot of series of strikes. In 1913, the lockout in Dublin had well of 100,000 on strike close to eight months. Leading him and workers to the victory of the right to fair employment.
Even though there was victory the lockout was the end of Larkin’s (ITGWU). He then set out on a lecture tour 1914, to the United States in raising funds for in fighting the British. While in the United States Jim joined the (IWW) Industrial Workers of the World and the American Socialist Party.
In 1920, Jim Larkin was convicted of criminal anarchy and communism and sent to jail. He was released three years later and was deported back to Ireland. In Ireland, Jim then organized Workers Union of Ireland and later in 1945 joined the Irish Labour.
Jim was dedicated, loyal and passionate about his beliefs for every working man. Jim Larkin work never stopped fighting for workers to be treated fairly, until January 30, 1947 where is he died in Dublin, Ireland.