The Valiant Escapades of Jim Larkin

Jim Larkin was born in England, the slam of Liverpool on 21st January 1876. He founded the Irish Transport General Workers Union (ITGWU), one of the biggest known in the region.

He was a committed socialist who believed that workers got unjustly handled and deserved better treatment. This belief was rooted in his experience during his working years. At a young age, Jim had to work in a variety of places to subsidize the household income. He became a supervisor at the Liverpool dock after which he enlisted in the National Union of Dock Labourers (NUDL) and took up the organizing position in the year 1905.

In 1907, Jim Larkin was shifted to the Dublin after an explicit misunderstanding in the NUDL, on his methods. While here, he established the renowned Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. Read more: James Larkin | Biography

The primary union goal was to unite all Irish industrial workers, both the skilled and unskilled, into one organization. The objective was to build one big Union that additionally demanded the legal 8 hours day jobs, pension for all workers at the age of 60 years, and provision of work for the unemployed people.

Later, Jim instituted the Irish Party that saw many strikes like the significant 1913 Dublin Lockout where over a hundred thousand workers went on strike for almost eight months. This move was victorious as they won the right to fair employment.

Under his headship, the anti-war demonstrations in Dublin were held at the onset of the World War 1. He called upon the Irish men not to participate in the war. In 1920, Jim Larkin was adjudged of criminal turmoil and communism while in America. He was afterward deported to Ireland where he yet again formed the Workers’ Union of Ireland (WUI) and continued his fight for workers rights.

The methods that Larkin applied were thoughtful; none violent strikes and boycotting of goods and property. The basis of this was to preserve the companies, factories, and industries where his members worked. For him to have a trade union, he needed functional workers and institutions.

Jim died on 30th January 1947. He had four sons and a husband to Elizabeth Brown.

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