As a staunch supporter of progressivism, James Larkin stopped at nothing to ensure new policies be implemented. More specifically, Larkin valiantly fought for equal rights in the workplace. Learn more about Jim Larkin: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/big-jim-larkin-hero-or-wrecker-review-when-big-jim-looked-small-1.2524094 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml
Being that Larkin’s family was among the poverty-stricken, it was necessary for him to get a job at a tender age. He received a job at the Liverpool docks as a foreman but quickly realized the working conditions were downright inadequate. Read more: James Larkin | Wikipedia and James Larkin | Biography
Upon discovering this unfavorable truth, Larkin’s indignation took shape. In the hopes of sticking it to the man, Larkin joined a labor union, the National Union of Dock Labourers. Though Larkin and his union comrades subscribed to the same school of thought, Larkin’s ideologies proved too harsh a pill for them to swallow.
Following Larkin’s proposal to issue militant strikes, NUDL found it necessary to banish Larkin from England in the hopes of keeping his deranged ideals in check.
While in Dublin, Larkin formed the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, a movement aimed at corralling all Irish workers into one organization. The Irish found Larkin’s notions agreeable, and in 1913 the ITGWU lead what’s come to be known as the Dublin Lockout.
The Dublin Lockout was the work of 100,000 workers who went on strike for eight taxing months in the name of establishing fair employment rights. Under Larkin’s leadership, ITGWU’s efforts proved wildly successful, with workers finally receiving the right to fair employment.
Some years later, when World War I commenced, Larkin’s impassioned nature was in full swing. In the hopes of eradicating the war, Larkin led anti-war demonstrations across Dublin. The government wasn’t too keen on allowing Larkin to disparage their efforts, so they had him convicted of communism and criminal anarchy in 1920.
Three years later, Larkin was pardoned and absolved of all alleged wrongdoings. Larkin won many steadfast supporters during his prime, with James Connolly being among the most memorable.
Together, Larkin and Connolly instituted long-overdue change and gained an outpouring of public support. Though Connolly passed away 30 years before Larkin, Larkin upheld their legacy until his time on earth expired in 1947.