Success Story of Jim Larkin as Labor Unions Hero
Jim Larkin was born in 1874 at a place known as Liverpool in England, and he grew up in the slums of that place. The fact that he was brought up by a low-income family made him lowly educated. Read more: James Larkin – Wikipedia and James Larkin | Ireland Calling
Jim Larkin had to take care of his family in terms of provisions, and this made him to start working, his work was the manual jobs that were for the youths who were not much educated and those who never went to school.
Jim had the passion for fighting for the rights of the workers. After some time, in 1905 the opportunity of working with the National Union of Dock Laborers (NUDL) come, and he served there as a full-time planner of the trade union. The militant technique of strikes led by Jim Larkin became a bother National Union of Dock, and as a result in 1907 he was moved to Dublin.
In Dublin he formed a union that was called the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, this union was famous as ITGWU. This union was committed to ensure that the industrial employees that were not skilled and the skilled ones united to form one organization.
Afterwards, he launched the Irish Labor Party that frequently led several strikes. At the time of Dublin Lockout that took place in 1913, the workers who went for the strike that lasted for a lot of months were around 100,000. The strike was fruitful because the rights of the workers were put in place and they were followed. When the World War 1 broke out, Jim Larkin managed to lead the anti-violence protests in Dublin.
Later, Jim made up his mind to travel to the United States in 1914 so that he could source some finances to help in fighting the British. In the year 1920, Jim Larkin was condemned of Marxist and unlawful chaos, he was pardoned for around three years and later taken back to Ireland.
There, Jim managed to put in systematize the Ireland Workers’ Union, and in 1924 he received recognition from the Communist International. It is in 1903 that Larkin married his lovely wife Elizabeth Brown, they gave birth to four sons. Jim Larkin continued to organize the labor unions throughout his life despite the challenges he encountered.