Jim Larkin was born in 1876, though his true first name was James. Jim was the founder of the Irish Transport as well as the General Workers Union. Jim Larkin has to grow up in what most would consider the slums and didn’t have access to a good education or any equivalent, so he was forced to work at a young age. He worked many different jobs in order to help bring in more money for the family. Read more: The Definite Biography of Big Jim Larkin – Irish Examiner and James Larkin | Wikipedia
Jim Larking got married to Elizabeth Brown in 1903 and the two ended up having four kids together, all of which ended up being boys. Jim was well aware of the inequality that was present all over, especially for the laborers, which were treated incredibly poor.
This is what motivated Jim to organize the National Union of Dock Laborers just two years after marrying Elizabeth. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison and http://ireland-calling.com/james-larkin/
Jim Larkin ended up getting transferred to Dublin in 1907 due to his methods, which is where he ended up founding the Irish Transport and Worker’s Union.
By doing so, Jim was able to bring together all of the Irish workers from all areas of the labor force. Jim’s union fought for better treatment as well as benefits for workers that were older than six.
In 1913, the union was able to grow tremendously and it ended up with Jim leading more than 100,000 workers on a strike with the ultimate goal of fair treatment and equal opportunities when it came to employment.
Jim Larkin was also an activist for antiwar, which he spearheaded a movement for during the first world war, asking his supporters not to participate. In order to raise funds for a fight with the British, Jim went to the United States in 1914.
During his time in the United States, Jim Larkin ended up joining the Industrial Workers of the World. In 1920, Jim was convicted of two separate crimes which ultimately led to him being deported to Ireland.
Despite this, Jim continued to fight for equal treatment for the labor force through the Worker’s Union in Ireland. By 1945, Jim was able to become a member of the Irish Labor Party.