James Larkin, the Great Labor Leader

James Larkin was a Liverpool citizen by birth, since the year 1876. His mother Mary Ann McNulty and father James Larkin senior both originally hailed from Ireland, a county by the name Armagh. James Larkin had one elder brother and a couple of younger siblings. However, it is he to whom dependence of the family lay on greatly.

He was educated while he was young of age. His education went on smoothly for a few years until when he turned seven years old. Seven years living in the slums had proven to be tough. His family needed quite some boost considering the fact that Larkin’s father didn’t have that dependable a job.

He, therefore, decided to assist his father putting in effort in providing for the family. He had to balance between his life, school and also work, something he would schedule for the afternoons.

However, this was not new an arrangement in Liverpool. Impoverished families like James Larkin’s took this up too in order to cut less the family’s needs.

His father died seven years later. This was hurting and caused desperation considering the state that the family was in. But they had the will to live, so they lived on since James Larkin decided to try out his father’s post at his firm. Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia and James Larkin | Ireland Calling

However, having not gained enough experience and being unripe of age for the work, he was released a few years later.

The two years that James Larkin worked with the firm was enough to provide support. He then searched for employment in every corner of England but to no avail. Luck then saw to it that Larkin became a sailor. Soon after, he became a docker and then a dock foreman.

His socialism began with joining the Independent Labor Party. Soon after this development, the National Union of Dock Laborers became his next organization to work with. He was also the proud founder and leader of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union.

James Larkin had a close friend by the name James Connoly. This was the man whom Larkin trusted. Trade unionism knew the two as brave men who would never rest until the rights of workers were met.

Learn more about Jim Larkin:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html
http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison