Join the Guinness Staff Union

We invite you to join the Guinness Staff Union and become part of the biggest Trade Union in Diageo in Ireland.

The GSU has a long tradition and track record of representing our members collectively on a wide range of work related matters. We have a recognition agreement with the Company that entitles the Union to negotiate on Pay benefits and Pensions for staff grades in the Company in Ireland.

We are affiliated to The Irish Congress of Trade Unions and we have also got an affiliation agreement with SIPTU that ensures the Union has sufficient resources to represent members on collective and individual issues. All queries are in the strictest confidence We are all stronger Together so Join the GSU Today.

The GSU  is committed to the General Data Protection Regulations 2018, and aims to maintain consistently high standards in protecting and securing all of your personal information.  You can view our privacy policy by clicking on the relevant button which is under the article about the privacy policy on this website.

Click on the application form below fill it in and send to :

Thank you.

Jason Palmer 

General Secretary.


New General Secretary for The Guinness Staff Union.

Jason Palmer has replaced Mick Browne as the General Secretary of The GSU .

Mick retired in October after over 40 years service to the Trade Union movement. The GSU on behalf of all members wish Mick a long and happy retirement . Mick has guided the Union through a difficult period following the retirement of the General Secretary of the GSU in October 2020.

Jason come to the GSU with a wealth of experience as a Trade Union Official and has extensive experience in representing Union members in a wide range of companies and organisations throughout Ireland.


Jason has written to all members and a copy of his message is attached here for members to read. Just click on the line below to open Jason’s letter.

To Contact Jason : Mobile: 087 062 5634  E-Mail:


GSU Introduction Letter

How to Contact the Guinness Staff Union.

The GSU continues to work on behalf of the members of the Union while adhering to the guidelines and advice issued and updated by the H.S.E and Government. . The Union has continued to meet members during the last nearly two years of the COVID pandemic  through ZOOM and phone and email contact.

If any member needs advice on any employment issue or needs assistance with a question etc. please contact the Union by email at:

mobile: 087 062 5634

Phone the Guinness Enterprise Centre 01 4100600

The Guinness Staff Union C/O The Guinness Enterprise Centre Taylors Lane Dublin 8

Best Regards to all members and stay safe.

Jason Palmer

General Secretary 

STOP 67 Campaign update

Members may recall that last January 2020 the GSU participated in the Stop 67 Campaign in conjunction with our colleagues in a number of other Trade Unions ( CONNECT SIPTU FORSA CWU and others )and civic organisations.

The campaigns primary aim was to stop the introduction of a new retirement age for qualification for the State Pension.

This was due to be introduced in January 2021 where the retirement age for qualification of the state pension scheme would go from where it is currently at 66 years of age to 67 years of age.

It is very important to note that the Government has decided not to introduce that change,  so 66 years of age remains the age for entitlement to the State Pension benefit . A commission to examine all aspects of pensions has also been established with Trade Union representation.

There are many other issue which the Trade Unions wish to raise on behalf of members in relation to the provision of pensions , but this is an important Victory for Trade Unionism and its partners in the campaign like Age Action Ireland , the GSU is proud to have made some contribution to the campaign and will continue to do so.

Trade Union Institute looks at impact of COVID 19 on the Economy

The Nevin Trade Union Institute which is supported by The Irish Congress of Trade Unions(ICTU) of which The Guinness Staff Union ( GSU) is an affiliate, publishes economic analysis from a Trade Union perspective and gives advice to Trade Unions on a wider range of Economic issues like , Pay and Taxation Policy as well as Housing and Health Care.

The Nevin institutes Dr Tom McDonnell wrote an article that was published on the 31st March which we believe should be of interest to all Trade Union Members and the wider public . Tom has assisted the Private Sector Committee of the ICTU ( Which the GSU is a member of)over many years in relation to Pay and Pensions among other matters.

This article outlines the short and medium terms economic challenges from COVID 19  as well as offering  solutions to offset a return to recession and austerity

Please click below to read this very interesting article.



The Guinness Staff Union Continues to operate as normally as we can while fully conforming to the COVID 19 restrictions currently in operation.

Members can continue to contact the Union through the normal email contacts .

The HSE has produced a booklet that is available on WWW.HSE.IE   It covers the latest advice that the Government is giving on the disease and how the public should behave during this EMERGENCY.

Also click on the link below to see the HSE COVID 19 symptoms poster .

In the meantime we wish all of our members active and retired good health and stay safe and well by observing the advice issued by the Government and the HSE .

Reliable information is also available on the Coronavirus COVID 19 at

The Irish Congress Of Trade Unions ( ICTU) has also been very active on behalf of all Workers in relation to lobbying for the introduction of The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme  which is keeping Hundreds of Thousands of Irish Workers connected with their Companies during the Emergency . The aim of this subsidy is that thousands of Workers can return to their employments when the restrictions are eventually lifted and the economy can begin to recover.

Congress also advise of the Following:

A new dedicated helpline for Workers who are renting and who have been impacted by COVID 19 has been set up by Threshold.

The Service will provide tailored advice for any worker worried about being able to pay the rent during the current crisis.

This advice is available through the following:

Freephone- 1800778899   Email- Service available Monday- Friday 9am-5pm ( For a 2 month period)

Note- This information may not be needed by you but it might be useful to a colleague or friend.


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.