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.