Josh Cullinan, Secretary
Josh brings 15 years experience representing workers in diverse industries – from major production, to higher education, to retail and fast food. Josh worked at Woolworths for three years and across a range of service stations. A successful campaigner, Josh’s campaign for casual workers won the ACTU Best Workplace Campaign Award in 2013. Josh has led advocacy which has returned millions of dollars in wages to workers, and stopped union busting in its tracks. In 2015, Josh raised the red flag over the Coles agreement and his work was instrumental in exposing the massive theft of penalty rates across the Retail and Fast Food sectors. Now he leads the fight for members of the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union. Email Josh at email@example.com
James Searle, Treasurer
James has 10 years experience working in the Retail and Fast Food industry, including at Pizza Hut, Coles and Woolworths. Like so many others, James has experienced the impact of stolen penalty rates. As a student activist, James led successful campaigns to restore funding to student union representation and welfare services – and to return important facilities and amenities lost as a result of voluntary student unionism. In 2012, James fought for and won fair treatment and pay for casual workers and in 2015 James successfully fought to prevent the privatisation of a campus co-operative. James is an advocate for grassroots democracy and is currently a local government councillor. Email James at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Johnstone, Committee Member
Michael is passionate about improving the lives of retail and fast food workers. Michael commenced working at Woolworths in 2011 and has been active in his workplace as a delegate and health and safety representative, fighting to ensure his colleagues are treated with respect and work in a healthy and safe workplace. Michael has participated in enterprise bargaining with Woolworths and in early 2016 exposed the huge cost paid by Woolworths workers earning less than the minimum Award wages. Michael is now also the Victorian Organiser for RAFFWU (email@example.com)
Gianluca Dragone, Committee Member
Gianluca is a Sydney based activist and unionist, employed at Woolworths Metro and Dymocks. Having recently graduated with a Social and Political Sciences degree from UTS, Gianluca is now working in retail exclusively and organising to improve the conditions of fellow workers.
Gianluca was drawn to RAFFWU because of the crisis of underemployment, exploitation, and stolen wages in the retail and fast-food sectors. He believes that Australian workers have to rebuild a vibrant and powerful union movement to fight for a better society.
Bill Storey Smith, Committee Member
Bill has worked for Coles since 2012 is the RAFFWU Queensland Convenor. Continually frustrated by the below award wages and having to help his co-workers fight for industrial rights, Bill has helped build the union in South East Queensland. Bill uses his knowledge, skills, life experience and passion to #standupfightback for member interests both in and out of the workplace. Bill is now also the SEQ Organiser for RAFFWU (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Xzavier Kelly, Committee Member
Hayden Walsh, Committee Member
Hayden has been working in retail for 10 years, and currently work at Dymocks. Hayden has been a student activist, unionist and a LGBTIQA+ rights campaigner in Sydney since 2011. Over time Hayden has seen workplace safety and conditions worsen and wages flatline. In 2017, Hayden’s Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates were cut.
Hayden is particularly interested in fighting to improve the rights of casual employees who are increasingly locked into long-term precarious employment with no offer of job security. Hayden wants to help young retail workers join the union and organise in their workplace to win improved pay and job security.
Lucinda Donovan, Committee Member
Lucinda Donovan is an activist and retail worker at Officeworks in Brisbane. She is passionate about her life as an activist and desire to achieve better for workers everywhere.
Kleon Toffetti, Committee Member
Kleon has been working in Caltex stores for just over 2 years. Caltex is currently undertaking a massive transition to corporatisation of their retail network from a franchisee model, Kleon is one of hundreds of Caltex workers to be transitioned under this plan.
Kleon became a member of the union in early 2017 after hearing of the great work that RAFFWU was doing in restoring pay and conditions of workers that were being ripped off under dodgy EBAs.
Kleon is a passionate LGBTIQ+ activist and a proud Meerooni man. Kleon firmly believes that we all need a pay rise and democracy in the workplace.
Loukas Kakogiannis, Committee Member
Loukas worked at Woolworths from 2011 to 2019. In 2018 he became the RAFFWU delegate for Woolworths Moorabbin where he led a safety campaign calling upon Woolworths to put the safety of staff before profits. In 2018 Loukas applied for a backdated termination of the 2012 Woolworths SDA Enterprise Agreement which targeted over a $1 billion in wages stripped under old rotten agreements. That case was undermined when SDA and Woolworths cut a new deal.
Loukas believes in RAFFWU to take on the big retailers through worker-led, militant trade unionism. Loukas commenced as our Sydney and Surrounds organiser in 2019.