James Larkin is today known in many spheres of life because of dedicating his life to ensure the rights of workers are respected. Many people referred to him as Big Jim because of his gigantic stature. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison and http://ireland-calling.com/james-larkin/
He was born when his parents were living in Liverpool, England and at the time they were living an impoverished life. Jim Larkin did not give up although life was difficult at the time he decided to work hard and change the history of their family. His parents later moved to live in Burren and life difficult there. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and James Larkin | Wikipedia
He could not continue with formal education because his family was not able to educate him. He started doing menial jobs when he was a young boy. It made him have a good experience of what workers were going through.
He developed an interest to help workers and what he achieved made him become a historical figure. Larkin did not let the life he lived in the past to define his achievements in his future. He dedicated his life to become a fighter for those were being mistreated, and his activities were successful.
Role in the trade unions
Jim Larkin finally became a full-time organizer of the trade unions. When he went to Belfast, he formed a party known as the Irish Labor Party which later organized successful events. The reason why Jim Larkin decided to engage fulltime in the trade unions is after he had realized the unions could help in shaping how workers were being treated. It was the best platform he could use to address the rights of workers.
He went ahead to form the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union and continued fighting for the rights of workers. The party helped him to gain firm roots in his activities and 1913 he played a crucial role in the Dublin Lockout.
The Dublin Lockout was successful, and Larkin was happy that he had started seeing some changes and soon things would be good. He became a respected leader with some of his colleagues and other public figures mentioning him as one of the greatest men in the history of Ireland. James Connolly mentioned him as a genius who would work hard to ensure things worked.