Being the man responsible for the Irish Transport in the Liverpool region, in England, James Larkin is one of the most influential men of his time for the Community of Ireland, as he was a paramount Irish labor leader who represented the common interests of the people with low formal education and social opportunities.
James Larkin is also regarded for having established the General Workers’ Union, which is known by everyone today as the biggest union that ever existed. Its goal was to unite all workers who were suffering at the hands of the terrible work ethics of the time, and together they would, as a group, change the future of Ireland.
James Larkin was born on January 21, 1876, in England, but it wouldn’t take long until he moved on to the United States. At that time, many common people in the British country were moving to the U.S. in search of better work conditions and a different setting. James Larkin traveled to the United States in 1914, right after the fall of the ITGWU(Irish Transport and General Workers Union). Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Larkin
His road to the successes he achieved was very tormented and full of difficulties. He was convicted of being an anarchist and was considered by many to be someone who was in the wrong, but in the end, James Larkin was able to create the biggest Union of the time and change the life of industrial and labor workers forever.
James was also present in the events of the World War I. During its peak, James Larkin knew that he would be able to raise funds in the United States to help his community fight against the British army. This was before he was convicted of crimes and for being a communist, and it led to him almost being sent to jail, which would’ve caused his demise.
James Larkin, however, survived all of these events, was able to be the labor leader that he wanted to be, and represented thousands of people who had no one to voice them. In the end, he died happily married to Elizabeth Brown, with who he had four children.
In the books of history, the man is also regarded as Jim Larkin, and Dublin has a special care for the deeds of Jim Larkin and what he represented at the time.
The Irish Transport and General Workers Union, founded by the leader himself, represented a significant part of the unions at that point, even though if failed years after its creation, right before he saw himself obliged to move to the United States.
The ITGWU failed because of the Dublin Lockout, which was a major civil war that happened between workers and their employers. Thousands of workers rebelled against their bosses, and a big lock-out took place in the middle of the streets of Dublin, being one of the greatest marks of the revolution that would happen in all of Ireland.
In fact, it is safe to say that James Larkin was a major factor that caused the lock-out, as his Union was the biggest one and it had the philosophy that a revolution would have to take place.
The dispute between the two teams didn’t last a couple of weeks, but, instead, went from 26 August, 1913, to January, 18, 1914, being one of the biggest setbacks in the economy of Dublin at the time, and rendering the production rate of their industries for months.