James Larkin

James Larkin was a trade unionist who was born in Liverpool, England. He had a rough early life, because of the poor state of his family. His father was initially forced to work extra hours to meet the family’s needs. But he passed on soon after James Larkin went to school. This led his mother to desperation.

James Larkin started his search for employment soon after his father passed on. He landed several jobs luckily. His final work station was the docks. This is where his life changed forever. Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia

While working as a dock foreman James Larkin was recruited to NUDL, which was a dock laborer’s organization. It led strikes in Liverpool. He was appointed as a trade union organizer. 1907 marked his release from NUDL due to the unwanted militant strike methods that James Larkin used.

He went ahead and formed ITGWU, which did a great work at uniting Irish workers. However, the organization that will for a very long time carry Larkin’s name with it is the Irish Labor Party. This party will be remembered for the Dublin Lockout.

The strike was held for eight months by more than 100,000 workers who were protesting for equal rights. At the end of the strike the employees were granted their plea. 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

Having done most of what could have been in trade union organization, he went to the United States of America where between 1914 and 1919, seemed to be the right place for him to be as he grew old.

However, he was arrested in 1920. In 1923, James was sent back to Ireland where he formed one more union, and he spent the rest of his time with the Workers Union of Ireland. This organization acquired recognition in the later years of Larkin’s life.

James Larkin was a respected man. Before his death in 1947, he had gained a lot of fame in labor organization. His strategies were praised by many and also disliked by some.

However, the great man who was married to Elizabeth Brown was laid to rest in Ireland when his time came. History can never erase James Larkin.

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