James Larkin parents were Irish, but he was born in Liverpool on January 21, 1876. He didn’t come from a very wealthy family, and they had to struggle just to make ends meets. He received a deficient formal education.
Due to poverty, he worked as a casual labor, by the time he was in his twenties he had gotten a regular employment. While he was working, he saw the poor state people were working in, and he believed that workers were being mistreated.
That’s what lead him to join the National Union of Dock Laborers (NUDL) in 1905. Which lead to him becoming the activists when it came to the trade union organizing.
In 1907, there as an alarm that had caused James Larkin to be moved to Dublin. When he arrived in Dublin, his activism didn’t end there. The Irish transport and general worker (ITGWU) was the one that he founded when he got to Dublin. His goal was that all the workers belong to one welfare it didn’t matter if they were skilled, unskilled and industrial workers.
Later on, Larkin went ahead to form the Irish labor party. The responsibility of the party was to lead the strikes. One of the significant strike that it lead was the one that was carried in 1913 the Dublin lockout, more than 1000,000 workers participated in the strike. The strike went on for like eight months, but at the end, they won.
After James got what he wanted from the Dublin Lockout. In 1914 he traveled to the United States where he was going to attend a lecture tour, and still raise funds to enable fight the British.
While in America he joined the socialist party of America, and the other one was the industrial workers. After the death of his friend James Connolly in 1918, that’s when Larkin founded the James Connolly socialist club while still in New York.
In 920, things did not go well for him because he was convicted because of criminal anarchy, he was then pardoned for three years, and later it caused him to be deported back to Ireland. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia
There, in 1924 he formed the worker union, and he became the member of the labor party. Even until his death on 30th January 1797, he was still working for the welfare of the workers.