Born in 1876, in Liverpool, England, Jim Larkin is a renowned Irish labor activist and organizer. He is the founder of the Irish transport and general workers union which is the biggest Irish union. Jim grew up in Liverpool slums and resolved to do odd jobs within the slums to supplement the family income.
Jim didn’t have much education since his family languished in poverty. As a youth, he worked as a foreman in Liverpool docks. He got married in the year 1903, and they bore four sons with his wife, Elizabeth Brown.
As a committed socialist, Jim believed that the workers were not treated fairly as required by the law. This engineered him to join the National Union of Dock Labourers (NUDL). Later in the year 1905, he was appointed as a trade union organizer. Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia and James Larkin | Biography
In the year 1907, he was transferred to work in Dublin because NUDL did not like his striking methods. It is in Dublin that Jim founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. The sole objective of this union was to include both skilled and unskilled industrial workers in a single organization.
As years progressed, he founded the popular Irish labor party that organized a series of strikes. The most popular strike was where the workers went on strike for a consecutive period of eight months. This resulted in fair granting of employment rights to the workers.
At the beginning of the Second World War, Jim arranged demonstrations which were meant to end the war. He traveled to the U.S to raise funds to fight the British. In the year 1920, he was taken to captive for anarchy and communism offenses.
He was released three years later and taken back to Ireland. In the year 1924, he was given a recognition from Communist International after organizing workers trade union of Ireland.
Jim’s strategy was organizing sympathetic strikes and urging the workers to boycott goods. He never encouraged violent strikes because he didn’t want to destroy the companies where his members were earning their wages and salaries. He believed in working on a fair day for fair pay.
Jim fought for fair treatment of the workers. He later died in the year 1945 in Dublin, Ireland.Posted by seatheocean on .