The Brief, Colorful and Wondrous Life Of James Larkin

Some leaders go live the word they preach. Some leaders go achieve their permanent ambition in life, and won’t settle for the transient nature of their goals. One of the many leaders today who dream of achieving high goals is James Larkin, who is famously called Big Jim.

He’s a man under many quotations and references. He is mainly a trade unionist and a firm believer in the maxim that a fair day’s work should get compensated with the right wage.

Born on January 21, 1876, in the vast slums of Liverpool, England, James Larkin continues to be an inspiration to all the people in the world who want to fight for the high goals that the world needs.

With no formal education and a lifestyle that saw him have no remarkable wealth from his parents, he struggled all his life to achieve the means required to survive. James is in the first place a socialist and wants workers always to get the best fair conditions they deserve.

His dedication to the goal that he sets also made him a distinct and well-deserved member of the National Union of Dock Labourers that eventually became an avenue for him to fulfill his goal of becoming a trade union organizer in 1905.

Militant Strikes

With his active involvement in protests, James Larkin also founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. This union is the organization that brought him the justice and peace that he supposed everyone should be able to acquire today.

Just months afterward, the hope within James Larkin to continue struggling against the forces that hinder his goals finds meaning in worker protests.

This vision is what pushed him to outline the program of ITGWU last December 1908, which has written that the workers should have 8 hours a day of wage guarantee and should receive the pension for the employees of the 60 years age bracket.

Some of the goals he also wanted include adult suffrage, nationalization of the canals and railways and all the other means of transportation that will benefit the many people working for Ireland’s companies.

It was in 1912 that Larkin established with James Connolly the well-famed Irish Labour Party, which is responsible for many strikes that landed significant changes in the industry.

A shining hero and a man who has been battered up but bandaged with honor, James Larkin continues to inspire many people today.

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