The Guinness Staff Union has been contacted by our colleagues in the MANDATE Trade Union asking for our support in their on going dispute with Lloyd’s Pharmacy Ireland Limited.

Mr Gerry Light the Assistant General Secretary with Mandate has asked for support in the upcoming two one day stoppages by MANDATE member . Pickets will be place on Lloyd s Pharmacy Ireland Limited on Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th August.

As Gerry explained ” The Core of the dispute is the refusal of the employer to engage with MANDATE as the choose representative for more than a third of their workforce. This is despite the fact that the Labour Court has issued a recommendation requesting them to do so”


So if any GSU member is  out and about on the 18th or 25th August and you come across Lloyd’s Pharmacy Ireland Ltd staff participating in the work stoppage in support of their just claims Please offer your support and a word of encouragement , it means a lot .

Thank You Colleagues.


John Dunne

General Secretary

The Guinness Staff Union


The Workplace Relation Commission Proposal On the Total Reward Framework .

Members will by now be aware that the Workplace Relations Commission(WRC) proposal on the Total Reward Framework (TRF)of the 23rd May will be subject to a ballot vote of all eligible Guinness Staff Union Members who are in the TRF.

The Union will have held eight members meetings by the time the ballot commences .

Members will participate in the ballot via email.

Members have now received the full WRC proposal together with a circular from the GSU on the proposal  and details of the Executive Committee decision to recommend  the proposal.

It will now be up to members to decide on the proposal by emailing their vote to the Union when asked to do so . The Ballot will be open until the 28th June at noon.

All members will receive a summary of the Proposal and  clarification  on issues raised  at the various members meetings by Friday the 8th June .

When members get this summary from the GSU they should read it carefully together with the personal guide issued by the Company. Members  can  then follow the instruction contained in the email in order to cast their preference as  either :


FOR the Proposal


AGAINST the proposal.

The Ballot will be reconciled by the Hon Treasurer of the Union.

Note– Further details on the Ballot will be emailed to each member.

A message From the General Secretary

We would like to thank all those members who attended the Annual General Meeting of The Guinness Staff Union which was held on the 14th March in the Parochial Hall James Street.

The meeting was well attended despite the very bad weather on the day.  A summary of the report is available.


The Executive Committee will be following up on the AGM with a series of consultation meetings with the members on current issues . The details of these meetings will be posted shortly

Diageo European Forum

The Guinness Staff Union is an active participant in The Diageo European Forum ( DEF)

The DEF operates under the directive of the European Works Councils ( EWC) a directive  of the European Union.

At this years DEF held between the 31st October and 3rd November the employee side which represents employees across the various European Markets including Ireland, the UK, Iberia, Scandinavia, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland and more   put forward some  agreed agenda items  on behalf of Union Members and Staff. These included :

  • Job Security –  Retention of Staff   – No Pension in some markets.
  •  The Value Survey –   Diversity in the workplace.
  • Brexit and the possible impact on employment.

Senior management gave presentations on the Company performance and plans.

This is a valuable forum and has had excellent input from the GSU over the years .

Our colleague Tony Maher of the TEEU who had been in the chair of the DEF for a number of years stood down this year and will be replaced by Nick Smith .  Tony has done an excellent job as the Chairman over the years and is held in high esteem by all of the employees attending the DEF ,the GSU thanks Tony for all his work and efforts and we wish Nick well in his new role and will ensure that he has the support of the GSU in moving the DEF forward.

The Guinness Staff Union Annual General Meeting 2018


Please Click on the rule book to review our current rules.


The A.G.M. of The Guinness Staff Union takes place on Wednesday 14th March at 4.30pm in the Parochial Hall James Street Dublin 8.

The venue is right beside James St Church and across from the Medical Center in James Gate.

All benefit members are welcome to attend .

If members wish to have a resolution or amendment to the rules  considered at the A.G.M. they should send the text of their resolution to the Union before 1st February signed by themselves and another member of the Union.

The Agenda will be –

  • Apologies
  • Election of tellers
  • Record of the previous A.G.M.
  • Chairman’s address
  • Executive Committee report
  • Statement of Accounts
  • Resolutions / amendments
  • Close of Meeting.

The minutes of last years A.G.M will be sent to all members in advance of the 14th March. If members have queries in relation to this years A.G.M. please email  or telephone the Union Office at 01 6435743


Irish Congress of Trade Unions Womens Conference 2018.

The ICTU Womens Conference takes place from the 28th February to the 2nd March 2018.
The Conference takes place in The Killyhevlin Hotel Eniskillen ;
The Guinness Staff Union is entitled to send two Delegates to this Conference and also submit one motion for inclusion in the Conference agenda.
If any member wishes to attend this Conference or if members have a particular motion in mind please email or write to The General Secretary The Guinness Staff Union 107 James Street Dublin 8

ICTU Conference endorses GSU Housing Motion.

The Biannual Delegate Conference of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has passed a motion from The Guinness Staff Union which seeks support for the NEVIN Economic Institute document ” Ireland’s Housing Emergency- Time for a Game Changer”
The motion was moved by The GSU General Secretary John Dunne at the Conference in Belfast on the 5th of July at the session on Housing and Social Solidarity.
The GSU put the issue of housing to Conference following a number of discussion the Union had with members over the last year where the issue of the affordability of Housing was raised by members .” The affordability of Housing is and always was a Trade Union issue and the Nevin Institute document provides realistic solutions which would benefit our members and the wider Trade Union movement” said John Dunne

The Guinness Staff Union will put housing Motion to Congress Conference

The Guinness Staff Union will propose a motion on the Housing Crisis at The Irish Congress of Trade Unions Conference in Belfast which takes place between the 3rd and the 6th July
The GSU will endorse the recently published document from the Nevin Institute which seeks to promote a European cost rental model and also socialise the cost of new affordable Housing through a designated Housing Company providing the badly needed houses across the Country.
Our own members have told us that the Housing issue is of huge concern to them and our younger members are finding it more difficult to secure accommodation as the costs associated with providing a home be it renting or buying are rising faster now than at any time in the past eight years said John Dunne the GSU General Secretary
The cost of renting in Dublin range from €1032 to €1911 per month depending on area . This makes it extremely difficult for any young worker if they wish to save for a deposit which is set at 20% of the total Mortgage value. Trade Unions across Ireland want the Housing Emergency addressed through adapting the proposals contained in the Nevin Institute document.