The first collective bargaining agreement signed between the General Workers’ Union (GWU) and Healthmark Care Services Ltd. introduces new categories of special leave, including unpaid special leave for volunteer philanthropic activities to help employees cope with situations involving increased pressure or emotional stress.
Through this arrangement, there will be more structure and discipline for everyone, leading to greater job stability. This includes time off from work and on the job. In addition, it was proposed that employees receive recognition for their performance and that individuals be elected to a board appointed by the union and the employer. The collective bargaining agreement was signed by Kendrick Bondin, secretary of the Government and Public Entities Section, and Assistant Secretary Lawrence Bugeja, and shop steward Marilyn Ann Gauci. The agreement covers the period between 2023 and 2027. Healthmark was represented by board chair Charlotte Sant Portanier, Executive Director Charlo Farrugia, community services manager Nakita Camenzuli and Raisa Rizzo, HR.
“This new collective bargaining agreement represents an opportunity for both the General Workers’ Union and Healthmark so that together we can continue to secure and transform the employment conditions of our employees,” said CEO Charlotte Sant Portanier.
Healthmark Care Services Ltd, in partnership with the Ministry of Active Aging, provides assistance to older people in the community through qualified caregivers who visit them in their homes on an agreed-upon basis to provide care and/or support. Services range from short stays of a few hours to several visits per day on a long-term basis to provide needed assistance and personal care. Anyone needing assistance can contact the Department of Active Aging and Community Care, which offers a variety of services to help people take control of their own lives as they age for as long as possible and, when possible, contribute to our economy and society by.