Jim Larkin

James Larkin was a prominent activist and socialist that initiated the Irish Transport and Generals Workers’ Union during the year of 1907. Larkin was born in Liverpool, United Kingdom on January 21, 1876. Both of his parents were of Irish decent and James Larkin grew up rough in the slums of Liverpool with a small amount of formal education during his upbringing. Larkin had to work at a fairly young age to help out with his families expenses.

He worked at a lot of different manual labor odd jobs until securing a position as a foreman at the Liverpool docks. During his time working as foreman, he felt that much of the working class were treated extremely unfairly. As a devoted socialist, Jim Larkin would soon join the National Union of Dock Labourers and became a trade union organizer full-time.

His strike action methods were a bit overwhelming for the National Union of Dock Labourers, they decided to transfer James Larkin to Dublin, Ireland in 1907. Larkin founded the Irish Transport and General Workers’ while staying there. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia

His overall objective was to make each and every industrial Irish worker belong to only one union, no matter what skill or trade they were in. Larkin persevered and created the Irish Labour Party where he would formulate many strikes.

One of these strikes caused major positive impact during that time, this was the 1913 Dublin Lockout. Well over 100,000 Irish manual workers went on strike for duration of almost eight months, they succeeded and were finally promised their rights to fair employment.

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