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Fast ferry captains' dispute bound for FWC

The CFMMEU's maritime division and the NRMA-owned operator of Sydney's Manly Fast Ferry service are expected to face off in the FWC this afternoon over planned stoppages that could start tomorrow, after talks this morning failed to resolve a bargaining impasse.

IR changes go to electorate on May 18

Voters will decide on May 18 whether to back a Shorten Labor Government that will introduce a "living wage" for the lowest-paid, abolish the ABCC and ROC and is likely to permit limited industry bargaining, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called a federal election this morning.

As election looms, unions shift focus to Coalition marginals

Unions will follow today's Change the Government, Change the Rules rallies with doorknocks in Coalition-held marginal seats this weekend, as campaigning cranks up ahead of the federal election being called.

Worker completely violated employer's trust: FWC

The FWC has upheld the sacking of a Telstra business centre's IT technician accused of supplying drugs, accessing p-rnography, sending the director's confidential documents outside the company and remotely locking the entire workplace out of the network during an investigation into his conduct.

Union seeking interim reinstatement of workplace activist

The Federal Court will this afternoon hear an RTBU bid for an interim injunction to reinstate a delegate it says has been unlawfully sacked by the private operator of Sydney's newest rail line because he helped it to prepare for a majority support determination application.

AWU weighing-up new membership fee structure

The AWU's national leadership is pushing for a "progressive fee structure" that would involve bigger contributions from higher-paid workers and ditching the current flat-fee regime.

Coal loader deal sealed after 80 days of lockouts

CFMMEU members at the Port Kembla Coal Terminal returned to work this morning after voting up a new agreement that secures their jobs and provides their first pay rise since 2014.

FWC updates agreements benchbook; and more

FWC updates agreements benchbook; Massive costs order would discourage reinstatement claims; and ABCC powers could extend to all corners of economy.