AWU Victorian Branch Assistant Secretary

Jimmy Mastrandonakis was born in Carlton (Victoria) just two years after his parents migrated from northern Greece. At the end of his schooling he became an aircraft mechanical structure apprentice and later studied part-time at RMIT
towards aircraft engineering qualifications.

He was 21, and working at Boeing when he was elected an AMWU Delegate; four years later he became Site Convenor
looking after 500 members. It was a natural move for Jimmy, whose father worked on the wharves and had long been
a union supporter.

In 1994 he joined the AMWU, followed by a stint at the ASU, before becoming an AWU Organiser in 1998. He was
elected Vice President of the Victorian Branch in 2004.

“I am deeply honoured to be a leader in an organisation that does so much for the welfare of workers and I hope I
can continue to contribute to this union for many years to come,”.