Recalling Jim Larkin’s Journey as a Fulfilled Unionist and Activist

Jim Larkin was a known trade unionist who was born in January 21, 176 in Liverpool, England. His parents were Irish. To rise in his life, Jim Larkin was involved in various jobs. He was a socialist and activist whose commitment was to ensure that works were operating under fair conditions. Jim joined the National Union of Dock Labourers in 1905 and became a full time trade unionist. He was moved to Dublin in the year 1907 and there he birthed the renowned Irish Transport and general workers movement. His aim was entirely for all the labor workers irrespective of their employment status to be under one umbrella trade union to ensure that their welfare is taken care of. Following the history, Larkin later outlined the political program for the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. This entailed the statement for a legal 8 hours day, availability of work for the unemployed people, and pensions for all the workers who had attained the age of 60 years. It also included adult suffrage, compulsory arbitration courts, nationalization of canals, and railways among other transport means.


Moving on, in 1912, Larkin together with James Connolly started the Irish Labour Party that led several strikes. One of the most recalled happened in 1913 in Dublin lockout. Reports show that most unskilled workers in Dublin enjoy few rights in the land. In the strike, around 100,000 workers went out for approximately seven months after which they successfully won their right to fair employment. In 1914, he moved to America where he was expected to lecture and raise funds to fight the British. While there, Larkin joined the Socialists Party of America and the Industrial Workers’ of the World. Larkin was deported back to his country where he founded another union in 1924 called the Workers Union of Ireland and became a solid member of the Irish Labour Party in 1945. He progressively worked in the unions mentioned and received his benefits of workers until when he died in 1947. Larking remained very active in the unions and died having fulfilled most of his ambitions for the workers.