Throughout the world there are many labor unions for just about any trade you have consisting each of many men and women who have a special trade. Have you ever wondered how these unions came to be or what the union workers have to go through to be part of a specialized union. Jim Larkin will give you an idea of some of what had to happen in the early 1900s in the labor unions.
Jim Larkin’s Journey
Jim Larkin was born in Liverpool, England, in January of 1876 and died in Dublin, Ireland in January 1947. He came from a family who didn’t have much money so as a young boy, he did various jobs to help his family out.
In 1906, Larkin was elected the General Organizer for the National Union of Deck Laborers (NUDL). During the next two years he recruited over 2,700 men to become members of this union.
In 1907, after being transferred to Dublin, Jim Larkin founded the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. His main goal for creating this union was so all the Irish industrial workers would be in only one organization. It didn’t matter to him if you had any special skills or absolutely none at all.
In 1908, he was suspended by the NUDL after leading three strikes. Jim Larkin formed the Irish Labor Party between the years 1908 and 1913. With this party he was also responsible for leading a series of strikes to get all the employees to be treated fairly.
One of the most memorable strikes was the 1913 Dublin Lockout. With this came eight months of 100,000 or more workers rallying to get the right to fair employment.
In 1924, the Workers’ Union of Ireland was created. Jim Larking was also able to secure recognition from Communist International during this year.
Overall, Jim Larkin was a man who believed in people being treated fairly and he did what he could to make sure union workers were getting treated like they should be.