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.

BREXIT : Congress calls for Urgent Plan to ” Save Jobs & protect Employment Standards”

ICTU Private Sector Bulletin Spring 2017.

In Light of the very serious threat to many thousands of jobs in the manufacturing and services sector, Congress will now seek an urgent engagement with the Government, opposition parties and business groups such as IBEC, with a view to ensuring that the Brexit negotiations deliver an poutcome that protects and maintains workers livelihoods and supports high standards of employment.

Brexit presents us with and unparalleled challenge that will require a clear, co-ordinated and strategic response.

Current E.U. rules and short term thinking should not be used as an excuse when addressing the potentially devastating economic  impact of Brexit, a process that itself raises doubts about the very future of the European project.

 

Congress has published a short report on current employment in Ireland broken down by Sector in the Manufacturer and Services industries and the implications for Brexit on jobs .The report is available on www.ictu.ie.

 

 

 

Successful 2017 Annual General Meeting of the GSU.

Executive of the GSU thank all members for attending the Annual General Meeting on 8th March

The Executive Committee of the Guinness Staff Union was delighted with the packed Parochial Hall in James Street where the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Union was held on Wednesday 8th March.

agm1The Executive Committee of the Guinness Staff Union was delighted with the packed Parochial Hall in James Street where the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Union was held on Wednesday 8th March.

The AGM gets under way and yes that seat was taken as the room filled up!
A very comprehensive report was Given by the General Secretary John Dunne who expressed his thanks to all members of the Union who had welcomed him to the position of General Secretary following the retirement of Sean Mackell from the position after 23 years’ sterling service to the Union. Johns report covered the pay agreements reached for members employed under the TRF agreement and also our members in the Guinness Storehouse. He also touched on the many challenges facing the Union and the importance of recruitment for the future of the Union. The GSU has the biggest membership of organised members in Diageo Ireland and is one of the biggest Unions per capita in Diageo Europe .The AGM also agreed to a rule change proposed by members of the Brewing and Engineers Branch and supported by the Unions Executive. The meeting was Chaired by Alan McCabe who paid tribute to deceased members and friends and particularly GSU member Susan O’rawe who died suddenly in February this year. The Financial report was given by Stephen Stafford Hon. Treasurer of The Union.

 

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John Dunne General Secretary delivers the 2017 Annual Report to the AGM.
The GSU would like to thank the staff at the Parochial Hall in James Street for facilitating such a large attendance .

 

 

 

 

The Chair Alan McCabe gets the AGM under way

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Stephen Stafford delivers the Financial Report

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Unions’ response to Brexit

European and British trade unions will work closely during the Brexit process to defend the interests and rights of workers across the continent.  That was the message from The  European Trade Union Congress (ETUC) General Secretary Luca Visentini, who said “we will fight to make certain that workers’ interests, both in the UK and in Europe, are not damaged by Brexit – and to ensure that trade unions are involved in the negotiations.”

He warned: “It is very likely that political and business elites will try to keep all the advantages that come from the EU for themselves, while doing all they can to weaken social protection and workers’ rights.”

On the Brexit negotiations, Visentini will say “We have been assured by the President of the European Commission that the ETUC will be properly consulted, and we expect the British government to do the same with the TUC.”

The GSU will also call at the ICTU level for trade unions,  particaurlly those with members in the Food and Drink Sector, to be consulted by the Government in relation to any aspect of the Brexit negotiations which could impact on workers’ rights.

GSU General Secretary, John Dunne, said: “It is important that the GSU maintains its strong links with the ICTU and through it the ETUC as the Brexit process continues. This situation demonstrates the importance of national and international links for the GSU now and into the future.”

Diageo European Forum

The GSU as the biggest trade union representing Diageo Guinness staff in Ireland and is represented on the Diageo European Forum (DEF).  The DEF has a major consultative role between the staff and senior management of the company at European Level. The DEF meets annually and also has a steering committee which meets more often and as required. The next series of  meetings  is on from the 30th November to the 2nd December.

The GSU and the ICTU

The GSU is affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). The Union is currently represented at the ICTU Private Sector Committee and the ICTU Global Solidarity Committee.

The ICTU is holding its biennual conference in Belfast in April 2017. The GSU is entitled to put forward one motion to the conference. If any member has a particular issue which they think the Union should bring to the ICTU conference please talk to your representative on the Executive or send an email to the GSU.

Previously the Union had motions passed at conference on women’s rights, zero hours contracts and precarious work.

There are 830,000 people in membership of ICTU affiliated trade unions in the North and South of Ireland. Membership of trade unions is beginning to rise again , there is a very good reason for that, people in Unions are better off than those workers not organised. The Central Statics Office (CSO) National Employment Survey has shown that unionised workers consistently enjoy better pay and working conditions than those not in a union.

Remembers many employers are also members of unions such as IBEC and the Small Firms Association.

Departure of Angela Ryan

Members will over the years have been welcomed into the GSU office at 107 James Street by Angela Ryan.

Angela was the face of the Union for many years and had a deep understanding of its ethos . She was on secondement from Diageo to the Union. As a result of company changes Angela has departed from employment with Diageo and the GSU. On behalf of the Executive and members of the GSU we want to wish Angela well in the future.

Tax saver public transport tickets

The company operates a public transport/bus ticket tax saver scheme as part of its flex benefits package. One anomaly that has been highlighted is that members can only join the scheme once per year and the number of companies on the list of providers is limited. The company have committed to addressing these issues and the Union expects that improvements in the administration of the scheme will be announced as a result of our representations.