Jim Larkin, The Irish Hero

Despite what one thinks about all the socialist ideals and beliefs of James Larkin, a political leader, and Irish trade unionist, the impact of this Liverpool, England-born legend is hard to ignore. Jim is perhaps the most popular man across the globe as the social critic who once said that a fair day’s job deserves a fair day’s pay.

In spite of being born and raised in Liverpool, Jim is most allied to Dublin, Ireland where his short-lived impact as the leader and founder of ITGWU (the Irish Transport and General Workers Union) transformed the way people of that country lived their lives.

Jim Larkin’s life has every so often been outshined by his political partner and friend, James Connolly who later immortalized among the political leaders who died due to his role in the Easter Rising versus the English in 1917.

Analysts on his life most often explain that Jim Larkin was distrustful of those people he felt were a threat to his career and would also fail to promote those he saw would sooner or later usurp his power.

Jim Larkin became popular in Ireland for laying out a political strategy in 1912 after establishing the Irish Labor Party (ILP) which is currently similar to the operational rights of the modern-day worker. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml and http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/

Under this manifesto developed by Jim, Irish employees would then have the right to regulated eight-hour working day, arbitration courts, adult suffrage, and a pension once the workers turned 60 years.

The career of Larkin appeared set for an extended political success when the Dublin Lockout in 1913 turned the conservative business-owners and the media of that time against him.

Jim had never utilized violence against any strikebreakers since he understood the obliteration of the industry in Dublin would abolish the jobs the jobs of the people he was advocating for when he conducted a 100,000 employer strike in the city of Ireland.

Shortly after the end of the lockout, Jim Larkin went to the United States but misunderstood the Irish state of affairs, and he found himself in prison after he joined the SWP (Socialist Workers Party). T

he leader of the trade union would eventually go back to Ireland and later won the election office through the Labor Party (LP) before his death as well as the ultimate public analysis for his effort in modernizing the labor laws in Ireland. Jim has been celebrated both in literature and art due to his relevance to the modern society.

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