Jim Larkin has been the pillar in the formation of the General Workers Union and the Irish Transport. Born Liverpool, England on January 21, 1876, Jim Larkin would then fell in love with his sweetheart, Elizabeth Brown, whom they both tied the note in 1903. The duo was blessed with four sons.
After a few decades, the General Workers’ Union was the leading union in the country after going through significant growth and development.
As we all know life in the slums is somehow tricky especially when one is a student. Such was the case with Jim Larkin, while he was growing in the slums of Liverpool, he had difficulties in school that he acquired very little formal education.
However, that never discouraged him since he would find casual job opportunities to supplement his families meager income. It was during one of the beautiful days in his usual duty in search of a casual job that he landed on a post as a foreman at the Liverpool Docks.
While serving in his area of duty , he noticed an unfair treatment of some workers. He disliked such vices and was prepared to do anything possible to end such acts. As a result, he decided to join the National Union for Dock Labourers (NUDL). Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia
His growing passion for the union would lead to his full-time membership to serve as the trade union organizer of National Union for Dock Labourers (NUDL).
In two years that followed, Larkin’s modus operandi alarmed the National Union for Dock Labourers (NUDL), and he was transferred to Dublin. By setting base at Dublin, an idea struck Jim Larkin to form the famous General Workers Union as well as the Irish Transport.
It was during this time that union decided to embark on a mission that would see to it that there is unity among the Irish industry workers, notwithstanding whether they were skilled or not, to form a unitary organization.
When Jim formed the Labor Party, he led a series of strikes. One of the significant strikes that stood out of all was the Dublin Lockout of 1913 that comprised of over 100,000 workers.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: