It is with heavy hearts that Thompsons Solicitors learn of the passing of Alex Bennett this evening, 11 January 2023. A proud miner and lifelong member, activist, official and representative of the National Union of Mineworkers, Alex devoted his life to his members, the miners and his community.
Alex was NUM official at Monktonhall in the 1980s and was unfairly sacked during the miners’ strike of 1984/85. Alex was sacked for no reason other than he was a trade unionist. He won his case for restoration of his employment at an employment tribunal after the strike but the Coal Board refused to reinstate him. He was blacklisted from employment for many years thereafter.
Alex represented hundreds, probably thousands, of working class people through employment and social security and appeal tribunals over the decades. He did so for no charge. Through his skill, determination and knowledge of social security law Alex was by his efforts instrumental in securing substantial sums in compensation for all of those he represented.
Alex spent his life campaigning for the miners and his class. Every one of us at Thompsons who knew Alex over the decades are privileged and honoured to have known him, both as a colleague and friend. Alex will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts and condolences are with and for Betty and his family.