James Larkin was born in Liverpool, England. His parents were Irish. His childhood of deprivation made him acquire his commitment to revolutionary socialism and the disruption and capitalism.
James became known because of the dock strike that took place in the year 1905. In 1906, he became the organizer of the National Union of Dock Labourers.
In the year 1908, James Larkin founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union after he left the National Union of Dock Laborers because of misunderstandings that they had.
Within three years, the union was the biggest and most militant union in Ireland. James became the object of worker’s adulation. James Larkin’s efforts were to improve the working conditions of workers and give them their self-respect. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/
James Larkin was a big supporter of policies that enhanced social equality, justice and encouraged social and cultural achievement.
In 1912, he acquired the Liberty hall where he made it the union’s headquarters. He created a newspaper The Irish Worker and People’s Advocate which got a circulation of 20000, and it became the most effective propaganda sheet in Ireland.
The Irish Transport General Workers’ Union was successful in bringing together the skilled and unskilled workers. The union advocated for adult suffrage, the rights of Irish workers, demanding the nationalization of transportation, compulsory arbitration of courts and pensions for workers at 60 years.
James Larkin worked on building the union by making the headquarters a social center. The Irish Transportation General Workers’ Union made a lot of success under the guidance of James Larkin.
The vast success the union had was when it led to the establishment of the Labor Party in the Irish Trades Union Congress. James Larkin, later on, moved to the United States where he joined the Socialist Party of America, but later on, he left.