Our Team


   Tilde Joy, President

Tilde has been working at Officeworks for a year, previously having worked at Hungry Jack's as a teenager. Having experienced exploitative junior wages and loss of penalty rates, as well as the complicity of the SDA, she joined RAFFWU as soon as she knew she could. As a member of trade unions all of her working life, Tilde is passionate about fighting for better conditions and giving workers a chance to be heard and start calling the shots. A transgender woman, Tilde is keen to focus on the particular issues LGBTIQA+ workers encounter, as well as being a queer voice and a queer ear for the union."


JOSH_PORTRAIT_SML.jpg               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 secretary@raffwu.org.au 




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 treasurer@raffwu.org.au 


Brenna.jpg        Brenna Dempsey, Vice President

Brenna has been working for JB Hi-Fi for over 3 years and is determined to ensure her pay and conditions remain. Brenna is keen to be involved with campaigns and ensuring workers are aware of their rights. As a current student Brenna is often exposed to stories of international students and other workers being ripped off and treated poorly and wants to ensure that big bosses no longer have such a significant level of power over workers. 



MJ_Port_Small.jpg         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 (mjohnstone@raffwu.org.au)



AGW.jpg         Amorette Garner-Williams, Committee Member

Amorette has been working for Woolworths in the deli department for one and half years, previously working in customer service at Dick Smith when it was owned by Woolworths. When Amorette became aware she would not be entitled to the conditions set out under the General Retail Industry Award, she decided to do something and joined the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union. Through RAFFWU, Amorette is looking forward to restoring our penalty rates and will continue to work hard to ensure workers rights are upheld as we represent members in negotiations with Woolworths.



Bill_S.jpg        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 (bsmith@raffwu.org.au)





   Michael Aguilera, Committee Member

Michael started working at Woolworths when he was sixteen. Before joining RAFFWU. Michael viewed work as a place where employees had no influence or voice. Since getting involved Michael has been a critical part of the social media team, as well as representing members during Woolworths Enterprise Bargaining Negotiations. Michael also works as the Welfare Officer for the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU). This involves running services to support students that are financially struggling, as well as managing campaigns for a Harm Reduction drug policy, funding to mental health services and trying to engage and inform students about unionism.




         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.