James “Jim” Larkin was a man who is considered the father of the modern Irish labor union. His work helped to make life better for Irish workers in various professions. Jim helped to ensure that Irish people were treated with respect and with equality at their jobs. His work helped to change working relations for Irish people and for foreigners that often used their services.
Larkin’s contribution to Ireland’s employment sector cannot be disputed. When Larkin was a young man he had to work hard to support his family. He was just a teenager when he had to be employed full time. He was born into extreme poverty and had no choice but to work.
Once he started to work on the docks he noticed that workers were being treated unfairly. He knew that this treatment of his fellow country men was not right. Larkin’s employers were British people. Many British businessmen owned and operated establishments all throughout Ireland. At the time, they did not make treating Irish workers with respect a top priority. The working conditions for these men were not good at all. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia
In 1905, Larkin was fed up and decided to strike with an organization called the Independent Labor Party. He lost his job since he was a foreman at the time. However, his efforts as a labor organizer and protester impressed the National Union of Dock Labourers or NUDL. They eventually made him a permanent organizer and sent him to Scotland to help workers in that region.
Larkin helped to keep out foreigners from replacing workers at cheaper wages. He worked hard to organize all skilled and unskilled workers into a union that would benefit everybody. Larkin primarily focused on non-violent methods to protest against employers.
He carried out many of his strikes using tactics such as sympathy for workers from outsiders. He also mastered the technique of boycotting workers goods and services. Ultimately, Jim Larkin’s efforts forever changed how Ireland workers were treated at home and abroad.