SYDNEY, July 14 (Reuters) - National Australia Bank (NAB) (NAB.AX), the country's No.3 lender, reached a deal that lets employees work from home, a union representing staff said on Friday, one of the first in the world to give legal protection for remote work.
The deal breaks new ground in a global standoff between private sector companies and their staff since employers started calling an end to home-working arrangements that were precipitated by COVID-19.
Some of Australia's biggest companies, including NAB's larger rival Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) (CBA.AX), have set minimum office attendance requirements but the country's capital city office vacancies remain around one-sixth, far higher than pre-pandemic levels.
The deal comes after the FSU took CBA, the country's biggest bank which has 49,000 staff, to the industrial regulator this week over a directive to return to the office 50% of the time.
In Australia, the federal government agency that sets public sector wages agreed this week to a union request for uncapped days spent working from home.
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