James Larkin was a renowned trade unionist born in January 21st 1827 in Liverpool, England. His family was not well of so Jim did not have a chance to attend school. Instead, he engaged in manual jobs that could help him raise money so as to meet the needs of his family. In the process, he acquired a foreman position in the Liverpool docks and his income was guaranteed.
Being a socialist, he did his best to ensure that the working conditions favored the employees. This would in turn improve the quality of work delivered by the workers due to the better environment.
Jim became a member of the National Union of Dock Labourers with time.in 1905, he committed himself to be a fulltime trade union organizer and spent most of his time working on this. Unfortunately, his action was not satisfactory to the NUDL.
In 1907, he was transferred to Dublin. This was an eye-opener for him because he got a chance to form his own organization, Irish Transport and General Workers Union. His aim was to improve the lives of the Irish industrial workers both the skilled and unskilled.
In 1908, he saw it important to form a program for his ITGWU firm. It included 8 hours working day, work provision to the unemployed people, and workers to be given pension at 60 years. He launched the Irish Labour Party in 1912. The party led in laborers strikes and the people won better employment opportunities. Read more: Jim Larkin | Biography
Jim flew to America for a tour in lecturing in 1914. His other mission was to raise enough money to enable them fight the British. During this time, Jim joined the Socialist Party of America. He was also a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.
This exposed him to learn a lot of things about Americans. He also interacted more with great people including James Connolly. He founded the James Connolly Socialist Club in March 1918.
He formed Workers’ Union Ireland in 1924. In 1945, he earned membership with Irish Labour Party. He was committed to standing for the rights of all workers throughout his life. He passed on in January 30th 1947 and left a legacy in the world.
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