The hero and activist that was Jim Larkin

Ever since Jim Larkin was a boy, he was a force to reckon with. He had the look of greatness in him even though he was young and unskilled with the workings of the world.

Even when playing Jim Larkin always was the boss of the lot deciding what they would play and the frequency of turns that every participating toddler would have. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and James Larkin | Ireland Calling

Early signs such as these are what people call talented leadership, especially when dealing with children who were his age and would be notorious not to heed the screams and shouts that were directed to them by their parents.

Growing up in the impoverished slum areas of Liverpool meant that there was little to smile about. The formal education that he received did not bring him any luck, and he decided to seek employment during his youth to help supplement the income that his parents made.

Jim Larkin worked many Odd jobs until he secured a foreman position at the docks. It was at this point that he realized how unfairly workers were being treated and joined NUDL a labor union that was formed to highlight the plight of the dock workers. Jim Larkin had found his passion and stayed on as a full-time union representative from 1905.

His aggressive striking methodology raffled some feathers at the union, and he was transferred in 1907 to Dublin. There, he founded a union that sort to represent transportation as well as general workers. Jim’s goal was to combine all skilled and unskilled industrial workers into one union.

This move prompted him to form the renowned Irish labor organization. Immediately, the party was responsible for organizing a string of strikes most notable being the Dublin Lockout. Learn more about Jim Larkin:  http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml

It was held in 1913 and saw more than a hundred thousand workers down their tools and take to the streets for almost eight months. This time they were successful and earned the right that gave them fair employment.

At the commencement of world war one, he organized quite a number of anti-war marches in Dublin. His approach to fostering change has been emulated by many since then.

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