Jim Larkin – Irish Labor Organizer and Leader

James or Jim Larkin is an individual who is well-known for founding “the Irish Transport and General Worker’s Union.” According to an article by Biography.com, he was born on January 21, 1876, in England and died on January 30, 1947. He lived his life as an Irish labor organizer and leader. Read more: James Larkin | Wikipedia and  James Larkin | Biography

Larkin worked a number of jobs to support the family where he eventually became a foreman at the docks and he strayed to the belief that workers weren’t being treated fairly.

James Larkins militant strike methods though raised suspicion and alarmed the NUDL, which would get him transferred to Dublin as a result where he founded as stated before the Irish Transport and General Worker’s Union. The main goal of the union involved combining all Irish workers whether they were skilled or not and combining them into one organization.

Larkin would then led a series of strikes, one that stood out specifically was the 1913 Dublin Lockout where more than a total of 100,000 workers went on strike for about eight months and this was key to winning the fight to fair employment.

Many felt they weren’t being treated fairly and stood by it. On the onset of World War I, James Larkin participated and led demonstrations against the war in Dublin. He even traveled to the United States to raise funds to fight the British, but his life took a turn for the worse as he was arrested for criminal anarchy and communism.

Three years later Larkin was pardoned and deported to Ireland where “he organized the Workers Union of Ireland and earned recognition from Communist International in 1924.” Larkin ended up marrying a woman named Elizabeth Brown in the year 1903 and they had four sons.