JONES, ROBERT THOMAS (1874 - 1940), Labour leader

Name: Robert Thomas Jones
Date of birth: 1874
Date of death: 1940
Gender: Male
Occupation: Labour leader
Area of activity: Business and Industry; Politics, Government and Political Movements
Author: David Thomas

Born at Blaenau Ffestiniog 14 October 1874. He was secretary of the North Wales Quarrymen's Union, 1908-33 — the first quarryman to become secretary of the Union — and M.P. for Caernarvonshire, 1922-3. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Metalliferous Mines and Quarries, 1910-14, of the General Council of the Trades Union Conference, 1921-1932, and of numerous public bodies in Wales. He established better relations between quarrymen and their employers and secured ‘Quarrymen's Charter,’ providing for minimum wages, training for apprentices, etc.; he also promoted the formation of extra-mural classes among the quarrymen. He died 15 December 1940 at Caernarvon.


Published date: 1959

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