James Larkin was born on 21 January, 1876 in Liverpool, England. He was raised from a humble background though in a slum.
In his youth, he worked in several jobs to sustain the family since he had little education. He was later promoted to be the foreman for the Liverpool docks.
Larkin got married in 1903 and was blessed with four sons. James joined the National Union of Dock Laborers and became the organizer for the trade union in 1905. After years of hard work, he recognized that the workers were being treated unfairly hence started to fight for their rights where he was later transferred to Dublin. Read more: James Larkin | Biography
He formed his own union, the Irish Transport and General Workers Union which became the largest union in that region. The main objective of the union was to unite all the Irish workers to be in the same organization.
In December 1908, the political programs that James fought for had several challenges. Some of the issues involved were provision for work and pension for the elderly due to retirement. In 1913, there was the Dublin Lockout which involved more than 100,000 workers who protested for eight months. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/
The purpose for the strike was for the right of fair employment to all citizens. After the Dublin Lockout, the union started to crumble apart and James traveled to the USA to raise finances to be able to fight against the British system.
He was imprisoned in 1920 for criminal anarchy and communism and served a three year term. James was later deported to Ireland, where he formed another group, Workers Union of Ireland which earned recognition from the Communist International in 1924.
In the late 1946, Larkin when he was supervising repairs and was taken to hospital. James Larkin died on 30 January 1947.