James Larkin was an Irish activist and a leader of prominent labor organizations. He founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU).
He was born in January 1876 and spend this childhood in Liverpool, England. James Larkin came from a low-income family and had a minimal formal education.
About James Larkin
James Larkin was raised in slums of Liverpool and did odd jobs to help out his family. His experience at the various places he worked made him realize that dock-workers were not treated fairly. This revelation made him join the National Union of Dock Labourers (NUDL) in the early 1900s. In 1907, he moved to Dublin and took up a job with the Irish Transport. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia
James Larkin then established the Irish and General Workers Union, an organization that fought for the labor rights of the Irish workers.
He also formed the Irish Labor Party, a group that led to one of the most extended strikes in history that lasted eight months. The results of these demonstrations were the implementation of fair employment policies for workers in Dublin.
James Larkin later moved to the United States where he became actively involved in raising funds to fund anti-war demonstrations. In 1920, James Larkin was arrested and charged with communism and criminal anarchy but was later deported to his home country.
His efforts for fighting for workers’ rights did not stop despite being jailed for three years. Upon arrival in Ireland, he formed the Worker’s Union of Ireland.
This organization became famous to the point that it even acquired recognition from Communist International. James Larkin is a man who lived his life to the fullest and strived to make his actions count.
Because of his contributions, Ireland workers currently enjoy better working conditions and pay due to the foundations he helped set up. James Larkin was married to Elizabeth Brown, and they had four children.