Jim Larkin is one of the most empathetic yet reasonable men. He believes in serving all people honestly regardless of their background. He is fondly remembered for his quote and major trademark, “A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay.”
He is known as a man of valor, a whistle blower, an eloquent orator who moved masses and a man who commanded a huge following.
He is an accomplished unionist who has led to significant changes in the workplace environment both for the skilled and the unskilled laborers in Dublin and by extension the whole world.
His background could have prompted him to desire waking up someday to the world where all workers would be in fair working condition and be treated with due diligence.
At an early age, he did some odd jobs, more so because he was not privileged to acquire high education. However, against all odds he became a foreman at Liverpool docks, then a socialist where his ray of eminence began to show. Read more: James Larkin | Biography
In the pursuit of fairness, he joined the National Union of Dock Laborers (NUDL) and vested all his efforts towards better trade unions. Shortly, after he realized his dreams would never be brought to fruition and therefore left and moved to Dublin.
He formed the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU). Through ITGWU, he was able to lobby for better terms in working hours, arbitration courts, payments of all workers and nationalization.
Although he faced a lot of opposition, he garnered some respect and admiration from Constance Markievicz, William Butler Yeats, and Patrick Pearse. He stood out in his ability to lead peaceful demonstrations that won the hearts of many. Jim Larkin made a successful impact in changing workplace relations through his well thought off non-violent tactics.
About Jim Larkin
Big Jim is his other name. Jim Larkin is one of the few and momentum trade union leaders the world has ever had. He is widely known for advocating for fairness.
First forward, he was born in 1876 and raised up in the slums of Liverpool in England where he experienced a hardy life. His low life leads him to attain only basic education but has achieved far much more.
Jim Larkin has been affiliated with various political movements and parties. In 1912, he led the Irish Labor Party during the Dublin lockout and won the employment fairness.
Later when he moved to America, he joined Industrial Workers of the World and Socialist Party of America. He established the Workers’ Union of Ireland and worked for the people until 1947 when he passed on.