If the young James Larkin was asked what his dreams for his life were, he would not be able to answer it because he honestly didn’t know. Something else he didn’t know is that fate had his future all mapped out and all he had to do was what his heart told him to.
James Larkin respected leadership and so did he respect authority. But he never at one point worshipped either. He appreciated the fact that there would neither be peace nor order at the place of work without people to officiate and head the activities from the beginning to the end.
The National Union of Dock Laborers was both a big and prominent organization. It had different bases of operations like Dublin and Liverpool. Some of its members were present at the docks as the strike that James Larkin first led, took place. They watched how he organized the workers and how he conducted the strike, and they were very impressed.
James Larkin was good at what he did because he did it wholeheartedly and with a reason. He did not just wake up one day and decided to fight for the rights of workers. He had a reason for doing it and knew what he wanted to achieve at the end.
Having watched the activities of the docks, James Larkin was invited to be a member of NUDL after he was fired for both leading the dock strike and also being appointed to the strike committee.
James Larkin found a lot of comfort at NUDL because the union dedicated itself to doing what James Larkin had decided to do on his own. He knew that with a whole union on his back, he would achieve quite a lot.
Soon, there arose tension. James Sexton was the general secretary of NUDL and wanted to be its sole leader. However, James Larkin was more loved and even preferred by the people and union members because he was more straightforward and bolder.
Due to this, Sexton sent Larkin to Dublin to represent the union, hoping to quell the tension. However, James Larkin did not do as he was asked to and this was followed by his exiting from NUDL.
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