Jim Larkin is among few heroes who fought for the rights many people enjoy today. He championed several trade unions that helped to fight for the rights of workers across Ireland. He was born in 1874 and his parents lived in slums in Liverpool due to the poor wages they earned from the work they did. He did not like the fact that they provided so much yet the compensation they earned did not reflect the effort they put to working at different factories.
As a youth, Jim joined them in doing odd jobs to help supplement what they made. It is at this point that he learned about the National Union of Dock Laborers, a union that was tasked with fighting for the rights of dock workers. As a worker himself, he was not happy with the conditions he had to endure every day at work, and the frustrations of many others who suffered in silence inspired him to speak up and voice their concerns.
After joining the union he became one of the full-time members that led it, so he had a lot of time and resources to pursue the rights of the aggrieved workers. Using the powers he got through joining the union, Jim Larkin began organizing strikes, but his methods would soon be labeled too extreme by the NUDL. Therefore, the union transferred him to Dublin in 1907.
After this transfer, he advanced his quest for justice by founding the Transport and General Workers Union. Its goal was to ensure workers, skilled and unskilled, joined hands in the fight against unfair labor practices.
Its success paved way for the formation of more unions and in few months, he established the Irish Labor Party that began with strikes across the country. In 1913, the union led a strike dubbed the Dublin Lockout, which brought together 100,000 workers. The strike lasted about eight months and was the most successful because when it was halted they won the right to fair employment.
Seeing that the World War I was causing damage, Jim Larkin joined in the effort to stop the British. He even traveled to the U.S. to raise money to fund this course. In 1920, Jim Larkin was spotted by the government as being too radical and they convicted him of criminal anarchy and communism. He would be pardoned three years later after which he was deported to Ireland.