New collective agreement for ARMS employees
ARMS Ltd and the General Workers' Union signed a five-year collective agreement securing improved conditions for the company's 250 employees.
Through this agreement, ARMS Ltd is reaffirming its strong commitment to flexibility and family-friendly benefits, as it consolidates employees’ entitlement
to remote working, antenatal leave, paternity leave, carers’ leave and examination leave.
The collective agreement also introduces provisions for study leave, to incentivise workers to invest in continued professional development and career progression.
The agreement is backdated to 1st January 2022, and will cover a period of five years, instead of the three-year period of previous agreements,
to give employees increased stability and peace of mind.
During negotiations for this agreement, ARMS and the General Workers’ Union parties agreed on the importance of creating a workplace environment that supports employees’ wellbeing, while promoting a healthier work-life balance.
ARMS CEO Silvio Scerri thanked everyone involved, including the Industrial Relations Unit within the Office of the Prime Minister. “ARMS employees will enjoy a well-deserved improvement in their working conditions and remuneration. Coupled with ongoing investment in our systems and operations, increased job satisfaction will lead to better quality services for our customers,” Scerri said.
The secretary for Government and Public Entities, Kendrick Bondin, commented the cooperation between the GWU, the management of ARMS and the Industrial Relations Unit, to conclude this new agreement. “This collective agreement strengthens the employees’ conditions to better reflect today’s realities. It recognises the efforts of the company’s workers and will make sure that this dedication and collaboration continue to bear fruit.”
The signing of the agreement was overseen by Dr Joyce Cassar, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.