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WA to establish anti-bullying, equal pay regimes

Unions have praised WA's McGowan Government for committing to recommendations in a ministerial IR review that will enable the State IRC to make equal remuneration and anti-bullying orders for workers not covered by the federal system and expand the definition of "employee" to include more private sector workers.

Aggrieved MD facing restitution cross-claim

A managing director who is pursuing a building company over allegedly unpaid income tax, leave and superannuation is facing a novel cross-claim for restitution of his salary, amid allegations that he operated a competing business and took unlawful industrial action when he failed to fulfil his duties.

Election stalls union merger legislation

The calling of the Federal election has left several pieces of IR legislation stranded on the notice paper of the old parliament, including a push to apply a public interest test to union mergers

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.