Barnet Kenyon - Miners' Federation Official

Miners' Federation Official

Kenyon was clearly a popular figure with his fellow coal miners. He helped to found the Derbyshire Miners Association in 1880, and from 1896 until 1906 he was President of the Derbyshire Miners' Federation. He was afterwards sssistant secretary, a paid position, and by January 1912 he had become the Federation's Secretary. During unrest in the coal field during that month, he called publicly for any industrial action the miners might take to be directed towards the coal owners, who, according to Kenyon, were making fabulous profits and not aimed at the public or other industries who would resent indiscriminate strike action. By July 1913, Kenyon was Treasurer of the Federation.

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