James Larkin – The Trade unionist

Jim Larkin formed a Union in 1907 and his main agenda was to unite both the skilled and unskilled workers together. The union’s objectives were fighting for employment to all, eight working hours only and pension to the retired workers.

Others included right to vote for all adults and nationalization of all transport systems. He came up with that idea because he always bargained for better working conditions for every worker.  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

That was in 1907 after he was transferred from England where he worked in Liverpool docks. The reason for his transfer was due to his influence in the fight for justice for the dockworkers, which did not go well with the union. His approach for fair and equal treatment to workers was militant and hence the reason why he was sent to Dublin Ireland. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and James Larkin | Wikipedia

In Dublin, Jim later formed Irish Labor party, which was responsible for many workers strikes. The most memorable was the Irish lockout. During this strike, over 100,000 workers downed their tools for almost eight months. The impact of the strike was successful, and the workers won their right to fair treatment. The success of that strike made Jim Larkin a renowned international labor crusader. Were it not for Larkin’s efforts; many workers would remain oppressed for a long time.

Additionally, Larkin also led demonstrations to warn Irish people not to participate in the First World War. Jim was very serious, and he traveled to the USA to seek fund for confronting the British fighters. Even after shifting to the USA, his quest for workers’ justice continued and joined the Socialist Party of America.

After his return to Ireland, Jim continued with the fight for workers’ rights and was elected the Labor Party TD in 1943 for the North East Dublin. Even after his death in 1947, Jim Larkin is remembered for his style of fight against workers’ oppression through trade unionism.

His struggle made it possible to cripple British labor dependency through bringing together all workers. Jim Larkin was born and brought up in Liverpool slums of England on January 21, 1876, and was married to one wife Elizabeth. They were blessed with four sons.