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


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.

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.



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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