People have heroic tendencies. They can have what is called a Skin in The Game, where they offer their whole life for the pursuit of goals honorable and necessary for the world to evolve.
One of the legendary historical figures today that has shown heroic tendencies is James Larkin, the Irish labor organizer who was able to found the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union League.
The man behind the activism for the rights of workers also has the passion for developing social reforms and policies that guarantee long-lasting change for the world. It is also necessary for people to consider that James Larkin has shown incredible promise in becoming an inspiration for all individuals to seek the change they want from the world.
James Larkin was born on January 21 in 1876 in Liverpool, England James and when he grew up and became involved in many activism efforts, organized the General Workers’ Union, which is today’s big regional union that promote the widest coverage right of all laborers.
When the labor group held fell apart immediately after the Dublin Lockout, Larkin went to the United States in 1914 to advance his goals but then got deported immediately.
His passion and impossible mission to provide a Marxist education and influence to all his goals continued in 1940’s, but when he died last January 30, 1947, he left a lot of labor work unfinished and incomplete for the next generation to continue.
It’s not surprising that Jim Larkin went to become today’s most active labor union fighters knowing that he grew up in the slums. It was his experience being a foreman at the busiest areas of Liverpool docks that he realized so much of the mismanagement, maltreatment and unfair wages that laborers experienced from the companies they belong to those days.
This experience also shaped Jim Larkin’s interest in socialism, and it is what made him the member of the National Union of Dock Labourers, making sure that he fights all the laborer’s rights in the union. Because of the activism of Larkin, he also found himself deported and banned from various groups.
This hurdle only fuelled his desire to fight for the rights of industrial workers, especially the unskilled workers who are maltreated by different companies.
Moreover, Larkin also famously organized the Irish Labor Party and was able to lead a series of strikes that fight for the improvement of the wages of the workers.
One of the more famous protests that Larkin led was the 1913 Dublin Lockout where 100,000 workers went on a series of strikes that went on for over eight months. This action is the best protest that brought changes to fair employment rights of several workers.
In 1920, James Larkin was convicted and tried for his efforts at establishing anarchy and communism in the country. He was later pardoned and deported to England three years later, giving him the recognition from Communist Internation for his activism around 1924.