James Larkin Legacy of Fighting for Laborers’ Rights

There exist numerous historical figures that are still remembered for their contributions to improving human lives although they passed on many years ago. One such historical figure is James Larkin who was as referred to as Jim Larkin. James Larkin was born in 1876 in Liverpool, England.

His parents were Irish nationals who were casual laborers with low incomes. James only received little formal education since his parents could not afford to pay for his education. He started doing odd jobs as a casual laborer to help his parents in maintaining their family.

James Lacey after working for a few years gained experience and was made a foreman in the Liverpool docks. He believed in the fair treatment of workers irrespective of their ranks since they were all human.

This belief made him join the National Union of Dock Labourers (NUDL) in Liverpool. In 1905 he became and organizer of trade unions. The British government deported him to Dublin because of his radical activities in the National Union of Dock Workers in Liverpool.

In Dublin, he founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITWGU) IN 1907. This trade union was the largest in the European region. He again formed the Irish Strike Party that was in the frontline fighting for the rights of laborers. It organized numerous strikes and demonstration in Dublin. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia

One of the most significant strikes took place in 1913 where more than 100,000 laborers participated. The strike took place in Dublin for more than eight months.

James Larkin advocated for peace during the first World War by organizing demonstrations against the war and advising his people to be involved in it. After the world war, James traveled to the United States of America to raise funds for his trade union back in Ireland. During his stay in the United States, he joined the Industrial Workers of the World Union.

He was a supporter of the former Soviet Union. Unfortunately for him, he was charged with criminal anarchy and communism by the United States government. He was imprisoned for three years and later on pardoned and deported back to his country. He died in 1947 in Dublin.