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Mirait Technologies: parties closer to agreement

The CWU and Mirait Technologies have moved closer to agreement on some key elements of a proposed Enterprise Agreement (EA).

This has been a long-running negotiation that began after the CWU successfully challenged the processes Mirait had used to conclude an EA with its employees last year. The Fair Work Commission told Mirait at that time that the EA would have to be re-negotiated and the CWU has been engaged in that process ever since.

A major sticking point has been Mirait’s proposal that employees work 40 hours a week at ordinary hours rates.

The CWU’s view is that this contravenes the National Employment Standard for maximum weekly ordinary hours, i.e. the 38 hour week as established in the Fair Work Act. Mirait has now accepted the CWU position on this issue.

However the company it is still wanting to include conditions in the EA which the CWU considers unreasonable such as travel time arrangements (up to 120 minutes unpaid) and new minimum wage rates.

No final agreement has been reached on these points.

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