James Larkin was born in the slums of Liverpool on 28th January 1874. Bearing in mind that life in slums was not that favorable, James did not receive an adequate formal education. Instead, he would use his studying time to look for income to supplement his family income by working on various manual jobs.
It was during these moments that James became the foreman at the Liverpool docks. As a foreman and socialist James was focused on ensuring that casual workers were treated well and that their working conditions were good. Learn more about James Larkin: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html
Upon realizing that the workers were not treated well and that their working conditions never improved, James joined the Nation Union of Dock Labourers in 1905. He became a full-time organizer for the union.
In 1907, James was transferred to Dublin, because NUDL was not pleased with his strike action strategy. In Dublin, James established Irish Transport and General Workers’ Trade Union. (ITGWU). The union aimed to unite all Irish Industrial Workers both skilled and unskilled.
In 1913 James formed the Irish Labour party where he led the party in conducting consecutive strikes. He held strikes stating that each person should get paid a fare wage as compared with what they did. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia
The most important of these strikes was the Dublin Lockout in 1913 where over one hundred workers boycotted work for almost eight months. As result of this boycott, the unskilled laborers in Dublin received fair employment terms.
In 1914, James went to the United States to raise funds that would be used to fight the Britain. For the period he lived in America, he joined the Industrial Workers of the World and the Socialist Party of America.
James later founded the Socialist Club which became the focus of left-wing actions. His quotes reveal that he was ready to fight for the rights of workers.