Human Rights Advocate – Jim Larkin

On 21st January 1876, an advocate of human rights was born. Jim Larkin was born and raised in Liverpool, England to parents who were immigrants. Mr. Jim came from a poor background and they lived in one of the slums in Liverpool. During his schooling years, the human rights advocate went to school and in the evening he came back to work in order to provide for his family. Larkin and his family lost their father when he was 14 years and after his death, he was employed at his father’s former organization but lost his job after working for two years.


Mr. Jim Larkin later got another job where he was working as a docker and a sailor. He was hard working despite all the challenges he went through in life, and after some time he was promoted to work as the foreman of the dock. He knew what workers go through and while still working he decided to start fighting for workers rights including a better pay. Within a short period of time, he became a member of National Union of Dock Laborers. In 1905 he fully dedicated his efforts and he became a trade union organizer. In 1907 he established Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union when he moved to Dublin. Jim created the group to bring all workers together despite their skills.


Jim Larkin later would create Irish Labor Party which helped him to lead a number of strikes in the country. Mr. Larkin will be remembered for leading what is considered to be one of the longest strikes in the country. During the time workers went on a strike which lasted for eight months. The strike which went down in history favored the workers. Jim would later move to the United States of America in 1914. While in the United States Jim continued with his passion for fighting for workers but he eventually was deported back to his homeland of Ireland. Even after his deportation, he continued his fight, and he would go back to the United States of America to raise funds to fight the British. Jim Larkin lived a fighting life, and he later died in 1946 in Dublin.