James Larkin an Irish was born in 1876 in LiverpoolEngland. James grew up in the slums and very little education. Given that James came from a poor background,he had to help support his family by doing odd jobs.
One of the jobshe did was a foreman at Liverpool docks. James joined the National Union of Dockworkers, and in 1905 he became a full-time trade unionist. The trade union primary role was to fight for the rights of workers something James subscribed to passionately.
James was moved to Dublin by the management of the trade union because they felt uncomfortable about the strike methods he was advocating.
Larkin then left the union to form the Irish transport and general workers union. James aim was to have all laborers under one organization to be able to fight for their rights. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia
James through his union was able to champion for an eight hours work day for all.He also pushed for the provision of work for all,pension for all workers,arbitration courts,nationalization of canals and every other means of transport.in 1911 James then formed the Irish labor party and through the party led several strikes in a bid to have better rights for workers.
In 1913 James led the Dublin lockout where more than 100,000 workers were involved for eight months. The Dublin lockout managed to achieve its purpose by winning the right to fair employment for the workers.
James received recognition from the communist international in 1924 for his efforts to fight for the rights of the workers. ConstanceMarkievicz said that the influence James Larkin was anything he has experienced. Larkin methods to create awareness for the workers included strikes and boycott of goods,without theuse of any violence.
His impact was felt far and wide and through him, the worker’s rights significantlyimproved. James was aware of the fact that the firms where the workers worked were equally important and he balanced between the firm’s welfare and the welfare of the workers.
The action of Larkin is atruetestament to his passion for workers right.