The legendary activist, Hero, and Historical Figure; Jim Larkin

James Larkin, also known as Big Jim, is from an Irish emigrant’s family. He was born on 21st January, in 1876 to Irish parents in Liverpool, England. The impoverished family used to live in the slums, and his parents later moved with him to Burren living in a small cottage, in the southern county of England. Read more: James Larkin – Wikipedia and James Larkin | Ireland Calling

Jim Larkin got very little formal education but later began doing various jobs while still a very little child. But the humble beginnings never defined his destiny; he is currently recognized as a historical figure in Trade Union Organizations.

Working with Trade Union

Jim Larkin was given full-time Trade Union Organizer position in 1905 up to 1907 when he moved to Belfast and formed the Irish Labour Party. He realized the unions are very effective in addressing workers’ rights.

To impact the society even further, he founded the organization of Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union as well as the Workers Union of Ireland. In 1913, James Larkin occupied the Dublin Lockout role, for which he was best known for. Learn more about Jeremy Goldstein: http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm and http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison

Jim Larkin was a respected figure in and after his lifetime, and George Bernard Shaw mentioned him as the greatest Irish man. Parnell and his colleague in Labour Movement, James Connolly also recognizing him as a genius, man of magnificence in his courage, and has spending vitality and conceptions.

The Organization of Irish Labour Movement in 1907

Jim Larkin undertook the first task in January 1907, representing the Trade Union Movement in Ireland where he succeeded in uniting the workforce. As the companies refused to agree to the wage bill demands, he called the workers out on strike in June and within one month, the dispute was settled.

Jim Larkin managed to unite the Catholics and Protestant workers and still succeeded with the persuasion of the Royal Irish Constabulary, but the strike ended in November with no achievement of significant success.

After some time, the glory year became halted with the 1917 lockout, but Jim Larkin was keen and reduced the dependency to ITGWU on casual laborers to push to the employment sectors that are steady, like Dublin Trams. Jim Larkin remained very active with solidarity until the last minute.