Jim Larkin Union Activist

Jim Larkin was born in Liverpool, England in 1876. He held many jobs over his lifetime and career. He was born into a disadvantaged family and had to start working at an early age which prevented him from gaining much of a formal education.

A dock worker at the local docks provided him with an opportunity to view the conditions of the work environments for employees. Read more: James Larkin – Wikipedia and James Larkin | Ireland Calling

This lead him into a career path of labor leader fighting for rights for workforces. After, many years of hard work as a labor leader he discovered an opportunity to establish the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. He was held the position of Trade Union Leader for many years. He also worked and established the paper the Irish Worker.

In 1913 he was able to win union rights for fair employment for laborers. His career as a union leader lead him to the desire to travel the world. He located himself to the United States where he was incarcerated for criminal anarchism.

Jim Larkin was discovered to be a communist sympathizer which aided to his imprisonment in the United States. After, spending several years in jail he was released and deported by to Ireland in 1923 where he continued his work with the Unions.

He came to be known by his colleges by the nickname of “Big Jim”. His life was more than just being a business leader he was also a father and husband. Elizabeth Brown was wife and mother of his children until her death.

Jim and Elizabeth were married for many years and had 4 sons. He died in Dublin, Ireland in 1947 around the age of 71, Elizabeth had preceded him in death several years before. The life of businessman, father, and husband has touched many.

Larkin is remembered today through various methods. The unions he left behind after his death are still around and can thank him for their founding. He is also reminisced through literature with poems and articles that are written about him. Songs have also been composed and sung in remembrance of him.

In Dublin, Ireland there is a monument showcasing him and his accomplishments. Larkin has left behind a legacy for union leaders to follow and help those that need someone to stand up for them. Today many Irish laborers can thank him for his activities that helped to formulate and improve their working pursuits.