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

b. at Blaenau Ffestiniog 14 Oct. 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 d. 15 Dec. 1940 at Caernarvon .

Sources:

  • Who's who in Wales , 1920 ;
  • Owen Parry , Undeb y Chwarelwyr, 1908-1929 , Caernarfon, 1929 ;
  • Yr Herald Cymraeg (a'r Genedl) , 23 Dec. 1940 .

Author:

David Thomas, O.B.E., M.A., (1880-1967), Bangor

Published date: 1959