Category : Ireland

The History of Legendary Jim Larkin, the Trade Unionist

James Larkin also was known as “Big Jim” was born on 21st January in 1876 and died on 30th January 1947 in his sleep. He was an Irish republican, left wing and a leader of Trade Union.

He founded the Irish Labour Party, Workers’ Union of Ireland, Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, and the Irish Citizen Army, which was the paramilitary group that was essential to both Easter Rising and the Dublin Lockout.

Jim Larkin’s Background and Career

Jim Larkin was born in Liverpool, England to Irish parents. His family later moved together with him to Burren, Southern County, in a very small house in the countryside. Growing up in that very humble background, Jim Larkin received very little certified education. Learn more about Jim Larkin: and

He later did a variety of menial jobs when he was still a young child. Later, Jim Larkin joined the trade union in 1905 and started working as a full-time organizer

His legacy on the Irish Trade Union Movement

The legacy of the revolutionist, Jim Larkin to the Irish Trade Union Movement will remain immeasurable. He transformed the movement from the selected union into a condition that suited and embraced a lot of workers.

He also put his focus on improving payments and ambiance for members and gave the union a new agenda with the aim of transforming Ireland to become a socialist commonwealth.

His fight for workers

The first time Jim Larkin made his name as the organizer for the National Union of Dock Labourers was in 1907. He famously joined and united the Catholic and the Protestant workers to fight for their better pay and good state of a workplace.

The long-lasting fight forced the local employers into recognizing the rights of Dockers and Caters to collective bargaining.

Jim Larkin’s fight for the poor and the underpaid and detestation of injustice made him encapsulated within his slogan that says “An Injury to One is the Concern of All”.

When Jim Larkin went separate ways with the National Union of Dock Labourers and formed the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, he did it at an era when poetry was still the main source of communication, which made him excel as the public speaker

Jim Larkin was elected the leading advocate for the newly formed Labour Party in 1913, to give workers a platform in the proposed Home Rule Parliament