James Larkin is a folk hero for the working class of people. He was responsibly forming one of the first unions for workers to improve their working conditions, hours, and their pay. James Larkin was an organizer for the unions as well as an activist. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/ and http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm
James Larkin is of Irish descent, but he was born in England. He was a Marxists and worked with labor unions until the 1940s. While Larkin did not have a formal education, he saw that workers on the docks in Liverpool were treated harshly.
He wanted to improve the conditions for the workers on the Liverpool Docks. He decided to join the National Union of Dock Labourers and became the organizer for this union in 1905.
James Larkin continued his work with unions. In 1907 he was sent to Dublin where he founded the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. The union wanted to make one union for the skilled as well as the unskilled workers.
He also founded the Irish Labour Party that lead several strikes. During the Dublin Lockout, over 100,000 workers were on strike for a period of 8 months. While this was a hard period the workers did get end up winning fair employment. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and James Larkin | Wikipedia
James did not stop with his workers on the union he leads several anti-war demonstrations during World War I in Dublin.
In part due to James Larkin, the workers of today can have fair treatment while they are on the job. They can join unions to help fight for their pay raises as well as their working condition.