Pat O'Dea

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Pat O'Dea


Pat O'Dea is the son of veteran New Zealand communist Jimmy O'Dea.

Background

51 years old in 2010. Partner and one son. Irish father. Born in Auckland where he still lives. Registered electrician with wide experience in construction, manufacturing, maritime and residential environments. Past union delegate for the Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union. Won landmark court case justifying a one-man occupation of a workplace to save his job on the grounds that he was protecting his personal property. Aged just 16, one of the few Pakeha on the 1975 Maori Land March to carry the pou whenua at the head of the hikoi. Arrested several times during the 1981 protests against a racially selected Springbok Team from apartheid South Africa. Active in nuclear-free, anti-war, workers’ rights and environmental campaigns. Affectionately nicknamed “Protest Pat” by his workmates. [1]

Career/activism

In 1986 O'Dea started work at Glenbrook steel mill.

In 1989 Pat o'Dea was a member of Electricians Union & Trade Unionists Against the Compact.[2]

Communist Party member

In 1989 Pat O'Dea was member of the Communist Party of New Zealand and was involved with Save St Helens Committee, (St Helens is an Auckland hospital threatened with closure - chairwoman of committee was Maire Leadbeater).[3]

On September 4, 1989 Pat O'Dea was mentioned in Tribune by C. Bruce Milne in a letter as being a member of the Communist Party of New Zealand's Auckland District Executive.

SWO member

In 19 Pat O'Dea was a member of Auckland Socialist Workers Organization, a sacked electrician at Glenbrook Steel Mill. He was picketing plant. Age 37. Son of Jimmy O'Dea, brother of Kevin O'Dea.[4]

Workers Charter

On 2nd July 2005 a Steering Committee of 20 emerged from the Workers Charter meeting, held in Auckland. They were (in alphabetical order): Rachel Asher, Paul Carrucan, Cathy Casey, Luke Coxon, Stuart Fancy, Cecil Fowler, Roger Fowler, Jennifer Francis, Chrissy Holland, Robyn Hughes, Maria Humphries, Daphne Lawless, Matt McCarten, John Minto, Grant Morgan, Pat O'Dea, Sam Quayle, Melody Shinnock, Mike Treen, Elaine West.

Kia Ora Gaza

Viva Palestina founder George Galloway (centre) congratulates the Kia Ora Gaza team for their significant contribution to the success of the international aid convoy to Gaza. From left: Roger Fowler, Julie Webb-Pullman, Pat O'Dea, Hone Fowler, Mousa Taher and Chris van Ryn

In October 2010, a six-person Kia Ora Gaza team was part of the huge Gaza aid convoy that successfully broke Israel’s blockade a few days ago to deliver desperately-needed medical supplies along with a message of international solidarity.

“Our Kiwi volunteers are authentic heros who put their bodies on the line to help people in need on the other side of the world,” said Grant Morgan, co-organiser of Kia Ora Gaza.

“We are celebrating their historic victory with a welcome home ceremony upon their arrival at the airport. We invite all supporters of Kia Ora Gaza to join in this special occasion.”

“We hope a big crowd will turn out to honour Roger Fowler, Chris van Ryn, Julie Webb-Pullman, Pat O'Dea, Mousa Taher and Hone Fowler, our six courageous Kiwis returning from Gaza.”[5]

Socialist Worker

In 2010 Pat O’Dea was a member of Socialist Worker.[6]

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