“The only passion that guides me is for the truth … I look at everything from this point of view” – Che Guevara
In May 2019 Paul Petersen was re-elected as assistant branch secretary in the Qld division of the MUA.
Workers BushTelegraph supported Paul in that election.
Paul has delivered on his promise of standing up for ordinary people and the oppressed.
Workers and their organisations need more people like Paul. WBT conducted this profile of a union organiser.
Profile of a union organiser
In the lead up to the 2019 May Day celebrations WBT took a look at what it is like being a union organiser.
Paul Petersen was a wharfie for 12 years and then went to sea. He then took on the role of being a union organiser.
Paul played a leading role in defending Hutchison workers sacked by text.
Paul has followed in the footsteps of other rank and file wharfies and taken a stance on social issues like the “No Mandatory Detention” for asylum seekers in hell holes like Manus and Nauru.
At times organisers have to take positions on contentious issues within their own union. For example the MUA is a part of the CFMMEU which covers coal miners. Yet Paul recently came out against the Adani coal mine in central Queensland stating:
I see transition for workers away from thermal coal into renewable energy as the priority. (fb page). His position is not popular in some quarters.
Paul Petersen invited the The Big Ride for Palestine – Australia to address his division delegates meeting and, at that meeting, they voted to support the Palestinian people and gave a generous donation.
Peace is Union Business
This is Paul speaking out for a just world at a Peace rally in King George Square in 2018.
25 June 2020