The Life Of Jim Larkin
Jim Larkin is known for coining the phrase, “A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay.” His words still have great meaning in today’s times. And to this day, he is known as a prominent figure in Dublin’s history. Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia and James Larkin | Biography
James Larkin was born on January 21, 1876, in Liverpool, England. He was the son of immigrants from Ireland. With little education, he entered the workforce when he still a child. As he grew older, he was known around town for the work that he did at the docks of Liverpool.
And while working there, he came to realize the importance of rights for workers. He was known as a socialist and even joined the National Union of Dock Labourers and they soon noticed him for his militant strike methods.
Due to this, he was moved to Dublin in 1907.
Larkin went on to form a few groups that shaped the lives of countless workers around him. These included the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, the Workers’ Union of Ireland, and the Irish Labour Party. He was known as “Big Jim” to those who loved and respected him.
Even though the press was against him, Jim Larkin had a large number of followers and friends that supported his heroic movement.
And in 1914, he came to the United States of America for several years to form a socialist club in New York. Unfortunately, he was soon convicted of criminal and communist activities, which had him deported back to England.