Jim Larkin, The Workers’ Labor Hero

James Larkin first took the breath of life in January 1876. This was the year that marked the birth of a socialist and a committed trade unionist. His parents were originally from County Armagh, Ireland. His father worked hard to provide for the family.

James Larkin grew up and knew the slums as home. He went to school briefly and, therefore, acquired very little formal education. But this fact was not enough to blur the future that this man was to have. The fact that he was not well educated did not stop him from fighting for the rights of workers. Read more: Jim Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia

After his father’s death, he struggled to raise the family income, since he was the one considered as a replacement for his father’s post in the firm he worked at. In 1992, he decided that the company was not enough and wanted to explore more opportunities. Unfortunately, having no substantial education background forced James to struggle more with looking for work elsewhere. He then became a sailor and docker at the Liverpool docks.

He married Elizabeth Brown on September 8, 1993, the year when his socialist feelings were at the peak. He had also joined the Independent Labour Party, which was his first step at seeking rights for workers.

In 1995, he became a temporary then later the same year, a permanent member of the National Union of Dock Labourers. He was first posted to Scotland in a campaign against Chinese immigrants. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html

He was then sent to Dublin in 1907, and this is when James Larkin left NUDL because of his dispute with the general secretary, over leadership of the union. Their disagreement became unfixable and lasted a lifetime.

James Larkin did not quit on his dreams just because he was no longer a member of NUDL. So, he started ITGWU with the aim of uniting Irish workers of all levels of working experience. He also collaborated in forming the Irish Labour Party with James Connolly.

James Connolly was a good long-term friend of James Larkin’s. However, Connolly lost his life in 1916, in Ireland. James Larkin also died 30 years later in Ireland.