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  admin@guinnessstaffunion.com  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 john.dunne@guinnessstaffunion.com 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.

Successful Annual General Meeting of the Guinness Retired Staff Association

The AGM of the GRSA took place on the 17th May. The meeting was well attended and was a great opportunity for retired members to meet and hear what was a very comprehensive report from the chair of the GRSA Gerry McGovern.
The financial report was delivered by Philomena McCabe.
The AGM is also a great source of information for the retired members and they get the chance to hear what the GRSA Committee is doing on their behalf over the year.
This years AGM was also an opportunity for The General Secretary of The Guinness Staff Union John Dunne to inform the members of what has been going on during the year in relation to Pay negotiations, reorganisation and other issues that the Union is involved in on an ongoing basis.

If any retired member or deferred pension member wants to join the GRSA please email us for an application form at john.dunne@guinnessstaffunion.com or Contact the Union office at 107 James Street Dublin 8 , or telephone 01- 6435743.

The Guinness Staff Union is One of the Sponsors of May Fest 2017

MayFest2017 Programme

The Guinness Staff Union Supports the Mayfest 2017 project and we encourage members to attend as many of the events as they can.
The programme kicks off in the Cois Lfe Bar at Liberty Hall at 3pm on May Day 1st May after the May Day parade in Dublin .
It goes all the way to the 11th May with one man shows plays Music and Exhibition. Just Click on The link here to the full programme . It is also available through www.ictu.ie

New Chairperson of The Guinness Staff Union

Incoming GSU Chair Sean Mackin (on the Right) gets the hand over from Alan McCabe outgoing Chair at the March Executive Committee Meeting in the Union Office 107 James Street.

At the Executive Committee meeting of the 31st march Alan McCabe stood down from the position of Chairperson of the GSU.

Sean Mackin from the Sales Branch was nominated and has accepted the nomination as the incoming Chairperson and has taken up the the position with immediate effect.

The Executive Committee thanked Alan for his efforts and commitment in assisting what was a year of transition for the Union. Alan had previously held the Chairpersons position and stood up again when required.

We all wish Sean well as the Chair of our Union and we know that he will do a great job on behalf of all the Union Members.