Jim Larkin is of Irish origin and was born in 1876. He was the founder of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. Jim had been subjected to minimal formal knowledge. He took part in various works during his youth to vend for his family.
His hard work saw him become a foreman in the Liverpool docks. However, as he grew, he believed workers were subjected to unfair treatment. With time, he joined the National Union of Dock laborers. As a full-time organizer of the group, he strengthened his belief in socialism.
The goal of the Irish Traders and the General Union was to combine Irish workers. Jim ensured that both the skilled and unskilled Irish workers formed an organization. His firm socialism belief saw him lead strikes.
The industrial workers’ strikes were led by Jim’s Irish Labor Party. Eventually, the strikes bore fruit since there was the right to fair employment. Larkin arranged demonstrations against the First World War. Further, he traveled to the United States to look for funds for fighting the British.
All this while, Jim strived for accuracy and equity in the treatment of all workers. He believed in the use of non-violent methods to demand his rights. As such, sympathetic slowdowns, as well as boycotts, were his way of seeking fairness.
While in America, he founded Jim Connolly Socialist Club. It was based in New York and operated in memory of his friend, Jim Connolly. He was found guilty of unlawful acts and communism in 1920.
This got him deported back to Ireland. He formed the Workers’ Union of Ireland (WUI) in 1924. Larkin did not tire of fighting for workers. His socialism belief enabled him to continue working for workers’ benefits.
He reduced the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union’s dependency on casual workers.
Jim Larkin became famous for his activism. He was therefore seen as a labor champion. His championship was because he advocated for the fair treatment of workers.