James Larkin the Irish Voice for other Workers

Since time immemorial workers have always struggled to get fair pay for the services they render as work. In this struggling, there has arisen among these workers someone who sacrifice themselves to fight to attain fare wages for all through collective bargaining.

These people have been able to organize the other workers inform of unions, and through them, they had achieved much more than when each person was all for themselves. An example of such a person is Jim Larkin, an Irish laborer and socialist who played a significant role in fighting for his fellow workers for better pay.

His date of birth was January 21st, 1874 in the slums of Liverpool, England. Jim Larkin wasn’t privileged to be well educated. Coming from a disadvantaged family, he set out to do the only other thing he could, and that was work. Eventually, his hard work paid off, and he became the foreman of the docks.

His background rise from a laborer to a foreman familiarized him with the struggle down in the employment food chain. He was moved to join the National Union of Dock laborers as a committed socialist to see that the workers got treated fairly. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/ and http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm

By now Jim was a rising star who knew what he wanted, and nothing was going to stop him. In 1905 he became a full-time organizer of the NUDL, but his brutal methods weren’t in line with the union’s code of conduct. In the result, he got transferred to Dublin in 1907.

After the great labor unrest, ITGWU grew thrice. Its presence resulted in the Labour Party formed by James Larkin and James Connoly in 1912. Like most labor parties it was involved in a series of strikes especially the Dublin Lockout.

That saw more than a 100,000 workers go on strike for eight months in 1913 with the employers yielding to the demands

With the glory days gone, he organized the workers union of Ireland in 1924 and stood for the people till his demise on January 30, 1947.

Jim Larkin was married to Elizabeth and had four children; one of his sons took after him. His wife Elizabeth had separated as Jim’s methods became more radical.