The Guinness Staff Union supports the launch of STOP 67

The Guinness Staff Union is proud to support the STOP67 campaign which was launched on the 23rd January .

In Ireland the state pension age is rising although the growing workforce and population is the youngest in Europe. That was a key message from the launch of STOP 67 which is a campaign of a Coalition of groups including SIPTU The National Women,s Council and Age Action Ireland who are seeking to stop the age for a state pension going to 67 from 1st January 2021

It is unacceptable that when people retire they are forced to sign on the dole for job seekers Benefit for nine months and means tested Job Seekers Allowance thereafter, even though they have worked and paid income tax all working their lives.

The main aims of the campaign are

  • Stop the implementation date of 1st January 2021 where the pension age is set to increase to 67 .
  • Retain the current date at age 66
  • Hold a cross part and community forum where the whole issue of pensions and retirement can be properly looked at and a national stratgey supported by all can be agreed.
  • Bring back the state pension age to 65.

The GSU has been active on the issue of State and occupational pensions through support of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions pensions policy and working with other Trade Union to Defend existing pension benefits for the current membership.

Dont forget as the General Election is only a short time away, if a candidate asks for you vote ask them do they support the aims of STOP67.

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Guinness Staff Union Delegates to attend DEF

The DEF held in London 2016

The GSU Executive Committee has nominated three delegates to attend this years Diageo European Forum ( DEF) which will be held in Edinburgh from the 5th to the 7th November.

The DEF is a consultative forum established under the rules of the European Works Councils which is a European directive that  aims to improve the consultative process in transnational  European Companies

In the past the GSU has raised issues like Family friendly policies, Bonus and pension benefits as well as  dignity at work and work related stress.

Not all of the markets represented at the Forum have trade Union representation . The GSU takes its responsibility as a member of the DEF very seriously and all GSU members are entitled to bring forward  issues that they believe should be raised at this forum.  Local and National issues are generally not raised but issues that affect members on a transnational basis are allowed. The GSU in conjunction with our colleagues in other Markets have jointly raised issues that effect staff on  a transnational basis in the past and will be doing so at this years forum.

If a member has an issue that they think should be raised at the DEF send an email to the GSU at:

The Guinness Staff Union signs an affiliation agreement with SIPTU

Pictured Left to right Mick Browne Gerry McCormick Teresa Hannick and Joe OFlynn SIPTU . John Dunne GSU Joe Cunningham SIPTU Jennifer Spurling GSU and Mark Power GSU

The Guinness Staff Union has signed an affiliation agreement with SIPTU the country’s largest Trade Union.

The Agreement was signed on the 9th October  at the SIPTU biannual conference held in Corks City Hall  .

Some key features of the agreement are that the GSU will remain an independent Trade Union and will continue to work under its existing rules and Executive Committee.

The Affiliation which is completely different to an amalgamation will afford certain agreed supports to be afforded to the GSU and will involve closer cooperation between the two Unions in working for the benefits of all workers in the Drinks Industry in Ireland.

The Agreement was the result of a decision made at the GSU Annual General Meeting in March 2019 where it was agreed that the Executive committee would explore the possibility of an affiliation with a bigger Union , the stipulation was that the Guinness Staff Union would remain an independent Union . Negotiations took place over a number of Months with the final document being the subject  of Extraordinary General Meetings which voted on the final proposal on the 10th September. The GSU members voted unanimously to accept the final proposals.

The Agreement was signed on behalf of the GSU by Mark Power Chair of the Executive Committee, Jennifer Spurling member of the Executive Committee and John Dunne General Secretary.

Joe OFlynn General Secretary and Joe Cunningham General Secretary designate signed the agreement on behalf of SIPTU.

The Guinness Staff Union Invites non members to Join our Union

The Guinness Staff Union represents all staff grades in Diageo Ireland. We are the Biggest Trade Union within the Diageo Company in Ireland , and we are the sole negotiating body for the grades that we represent.

If any member knows of a colleague who is not a Union Member , we ask you to talk to your colleague and invite them to Join the Guinness Staff Union . An application form is available on this website or from the Union directly. Just send an email to and we will send an application form together with some information on the Union to you or your colleague.

The Guinness Staff Union represents members on a range of collective and individual issues . We work with our colleagues in the Other Trade Unions within the Company and we are also actively involved in The Irish Congress of Trade Unions Private Sector Committee.

If groups or individuals wish to discuss the benefits of being a Union member just contact us through the email  address or Phone the Enterprise Center and we will get back to you to arrange a meeting.

So make that move today Join The GSU it makes sense.

The Guinness Staff Union is accessible to all members and we are located within the St James Gate area which is a unique rule of our Union . All inquiries are treated in strict Confidence.


The Guinness Staff Union 2019 Executive Committee

Following the Annual General Meeting of the Union held on the 27th March , a series of members meeting were held and the nominations to the Executive Committee were dealt with by the members at each of these meetings.

As a result the Incoming Executive Committee has now been endorsed in accordance with the rules of the Union

Mark Power( Sales) Chair of the GSU

Aaron Sullivan ( Operations Distribution) Jennifer Spurling ( Finance Procurement)  Stephen Stafford ( Diageo Ireland ) Hon. Treasurer.

Pat Dogett( Sales) Niall Butler ( Sales) Jaqueline McHale ( Sales)   Carl Cooney ( Brewing )  Nigel Moran ( Brewing )  Kevin OByrne ( Brewing) Mark Crawley ( Brewing ) Breda Murray ( Brewing ) Michael Impey ( Brewing ) Sean Murphy ( Brewing ) Bernie Weldon ( HR/ Medical )  Sylvia Murphy ( Marketing ) Siobhan Kearns ( Operations Distribution ) Gavin McKenna ( Guinness  Storehouse ) Gerry McGovern ( GRSA)

The Executive Committee meets at least once per month or as necessary to deal with matters arising .

If members in the various areas of the Business have questions or issues which they wish to be brought to the attention of the Executive committee  then you  should contact the Committee member that represents their area of the business or email the Union directly.


The Guinness Staff Union Annual General Meetting

This year the Annual General Meeting of the Union takes place at 4pm on Wednesday 27th March.

The venue is the Parochial Hall James Street which is across the road from the Guinness Medical Center and beside St James Church.

This year marks the 50th anniversary since the Guinness Staff Union was founded.

The AGM Agenda will be :

  • Apologies
  • Election of Tellers
  • Record of the previous Annual General Meeting
  • Chairman’s address
  • Presentation of the Executive Committee Report by the General Secretary
  • Audited Statement of accounts
  • Close of the Meeting.

A special meeting will be held once the business of the Annual General Meeting is completed .

This special meeting will consider a proposal from the Executive Committee of the GSU which seeks to open discussions whereby the GSU might discuss an affiliation with another Union.

This special meeting will only decide whether discussions on a possible affiliation will commence . In the event that a proposal emerges from this discussion a further meeting of members will be organised to consider and decide on any  proposal that results from the discussion.

Also a special Commemorative badge marking 50 years of the GSU will be launched at the AGM on the 27th March.

All members who are available are encouraged to attend this important event in the Calendar of the Union.

Annual General Meeting of The Guinness Staff Union

This year the Annual General Meeting of The Guinness Staff Union will take place on Wednesday 27th March at 4pm.

This is the 50th Anniversary of the Guinness Staff Union which was founded in 1969 at a meeting of staff in The Gresham Hotel Dublin.



There will also be a special members meeting immediately after the A.G.M. to consider a separate issue .

The Executive Committee is also looking at organising asocial  event to mark the 50th Anniversary further details are to be announced shortly.

The Venue for the A.G.M. will also be notified in the next couple of weeks.


The Labour Court Makes a Recommendation on the Pension issue.

The Labour Court heard the case referred to it on the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme on the 16th November.

The Three Unions were represented at the hearing ( GSU SIPTU and CONNECT)

The Industrial Relations News has published a piece on the recommendation which is included below for members information.

The main points of the recommendation are as follows.

  • The Court accepts that (such) an engagement will require dedicated periods of intense engagement across and accepted time frame. The Court is satisfied that the Workplace Relations Commission(WRC) is in a position to facilitate such an engagement and to make itself available in the manner foreseen.
  • In all of those circumstances the Court recommends that the parties should engage the services of the WRC to facilitate and engagement across a four-month time-frame to achieve an agreed resolution.

The Recommendation also states that:

That process should  involve an initial engagement at principal level at the WRC to draw up an agreed framework for engagement .

Any matters that are not agreed at the end of the four month period may be referred back to the Court for final and definitive recommendation.


Please click here to read the Article in The Industrial Relations News on the Labour Court recommendation    IRN Diageo LCR 1118

The Diageo European Forum

The Diageo European Forum ( The DEF) is a forum constituted under the European Works Councils (EWC) which is a directive of the European Union.

The DEF will meet this year from the 13th to the 15th November.

The DEF comprises of staff Union and Management representative of Diageo  in the European Union and the various  Diageo European markets.

Senior management also attend the DEF and there is ample opportunity for dialogue between the Union Staff Reps and the Senior Management team.


The GSU has a number of seats on the DEF and we have raised important issues with senior management which have been endorsed by our colleagues in other European markets . In some of these markets there is little or no Trade Union organisation .

The GSU at the last forum meeting in November 2017 raised the issues of , Stress in the workplace, well being of staff, Job Security . We also supported a number of issues that were raised by other colleague Unions and Staff.

If there is an issue that you feel that the GSU should be raising at the DEF please get in touch and share your ideas or suggestions . The Executive Committee of the GSU will look at all issues and prioritize what our delegates should be putting on the agenda for this years Diageo European Forum in November .