James Larkin was also known as Jim Larkin was a socialist, an activist and excellent labor organizer of Irish. He was born in Liverpool, England in the year 1876. He was the second born in a family that was living in a poverty life. They later moved to Barren.
Due to low living standard, he did not attend any quality formal education. Jim Larkin started working for odd and unprofessional jobs at his early age.
After his dad`s death, James was apprenticed to the business venture his father was working with before his death. He worked in the firm that his dad uses to work for two years before he was sacked. Jim Larkin later joined shipping jobs as a docker and a sailor. His hard work and determination made him be a signed the foreman position. Jim Larkin had great passion and love for socialism; therefore he joined Independent Labour Party and became a devoted member.
As an activist and a go getter, he participated in various strikes on the docks though it made him lose his job as a foreman. However, his participation in strikes did not go in vain. National Union of Dock Labourers was amazed by Jim act, and he was given the task of the union organizer.
In 1905 Jim Larkin concentrated in trade union organizer. He played vital roles in the union by ensuring integrity, equity and the welfare of the workers is checked by the employers thoroughly. His movement to Belfast in 1907 resulted in the establishment of Irish Labour Party and also the Workers` Union of Irelands.
Jim Larkin united the Protestant and Catholic employees. He could even convince workers in Royal Irish Constabulary to go for a strike so that their social-economic welfare can be checked. Jim Larkin was responsible for organizing workers in Dublin, Cork, and Waterford among other places to improve the employee’s lives. In Dublin, he focused more in unions.
He worked with NUDL before founding and establishing Irish Transport and General Workers` Union (ITGWU) which today goes by the name Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU). His experience in trade union and expertise in dealing with different social group enabled him to affiliate some branches of NUDL that were in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Waterford, and Sligo.
His efforts rendered him in establishing a newspaper, The Irish Worker and People`s Advocate. The press was used by any union worker to advocate for their rights. The paper later transformed and changed its name to Ireland Echo. After co-founding Irish Labour Party in 1912, Jim Larkin was elected to Dublin Corporation.
Larkin succeeded in Dublin industrial disputes which were an alternative to strikes and job boycotting. Jim united both the unskilled workers and the skilled workers. He was behind the Dublin lockout which made the ITGWU fall apart. James moved to the US to raise the money to fund the organization. In America, he identified himself with various trade union and even became the member.