Jim Larkin was born in Liverpool, England on January 28, 1874. Even though he went to school the education that he got was little. Because Jim grew up around the slums of Liverpool. To contribute to the income that the family had Jim Larkin had to work minor jobs to support the family that led him working at Liverpool docks as the foreman.
That’s where he got to learn that he didn’t like the way the workers were being treated. Jim Larkin decided to join the National Union of Dock Labourers, and that’s what led to him become a member of the trade union in 1905.
The National Union of Dock Labourers was alarmed by militant strike method so quickly Jim had to be transferred to Dublin. The forming of the unions did not stop because after he moved he come up with the Irish Transport and General Workers. Read more: James Larkin | Ireland Calling and James Larkin – Wikipedia
The primary purpose that they had is that they will bring together the workers that were skilled and unskilled. He was involved in many strikes after he formed the Irish Labour party.
The most known one is the Dublin Lockout that took place in 1913 where 100,000 workers were involved in the strike that took place for eight months, but they got a good result because they won the right of having fair employment. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html and http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm
In Dublin, he was the one that organized the massive anti-war demonstrations that took place when the world war I brook. Later, he traveled in the United States because he needed help with raising the funds that would be of support the defeat of the British. While in the United States he participated in the Socialist Party of America.
He was accused of criminal anarchy that led to him being convicted in 1920, but after three years he got the pardon on one condition that he would be deported back to Ireland. In 1924, after his stay in Ireland, he formed the workers union that made the Communist International recognize them.
In 1903, Jim Larkin married Elizabeth Brown, and they got blessed with four sons. All his life he fought for the rights of the workers so that they would get the fair employment and he achieved that in so many parts of the country. Until his death that took place on 30th January 1947, he still fought for the rights of the workers that helped a lot.