Anna Patty

Anna Patty

Anna Patty is Workplace Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a former State Political Reporter and Education Editor

Not enough places for student teachers, says Adrian Piccoli

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Adrian Piccoli calls for quota on trainee teachers

MP Adrian Piccoli has called for a quota to restrict the enrollment of trainee teachers.

Anna Patty NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has urged the federal government to introduce a quota on the number of students training to be teachers amid concerns about an oversupply.

The human cost of NSW's teacher oversupply

Teaching Graduate Ashleigh Garven of Wallsend is one of thousands of people who can't get a full time job teaching.

Anna Patty "I love teaching, but I hate the fact that I'm almost 30, I have a child, I have a mortgage and I'm still a casual teacher," says Ashleigh Garven.

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Graduate glut puts trainee teachers on the scrapheap

Teaching Graduate Ashleigh Garven of Wallsend is one of thousands of people who can't get a full time job teaching.

Anna Patty Only half the people who train to be teachers get a full-time job after graduating.

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Teaching graduates find life tough on casual work

Anna Patty Most weeks, Ashleigh Garven asks herself whether she took the right career path. "My mum's a nurse and I've got five aunties who are nurses," she said. "I decided to break the mould and be a teacher.

Charities can't cope with increasing demands, says report

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Anna Patty Charities are pessimistic about their capacity to meet an expected growth in demand for their services over the next 12 months, a new report reveals.

Civil disobedience at Centrelink, Medicare

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Noel Towell and Anna Patty Dress codes to be flouted and bosses' communications ignored as public servants consider strike action in pay dispute. Noel Towell and Anna Patty have their fingers on the pulse.

Teachers are among casual workers who want to be permanent employees

Anna Patty After working as a casual TAFE teacher for 20 years, Terri Quinlan is still unable to access the same job security, pay and conditions as her permanent colleagues.

ACTU push for casual workers to become permanent

ACTU President Ged Kearney says it is unfair for casual employees working regular shifts to be denied sick leave and annual holidays.

Anna Patty Unions are pushing to improve the security of casual workers by having a clause introduced in modern awards allowing them to become permanent employees.

Another official breaks ranks with NSW construction union

Local first: The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union wants employers to continue to advertise locally before hiring workers on 457 visas.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Anna Patty Another veteran NSW construction union official has broken ranks to accuse senior union officials of maligning and labelling as "dogs" any union officerl who speaks out about corruption and...

Building firm Lis-Con says anti-Irish 'racism' and harassment by CFMEU caused business closure

A file photo of John Agius, CFMEU counsel at the royal commission.

Anna Patty Construction company Lis-Con has blamed union harassment for its decision to close business in Queensland but the royal commission into trade unions has heard suggestions a $4 million payroll tax...

Union-linked company's profits used as fighting fund, royal commission hears

Keynote speaker: Bill Shorten.

Anna Patty An election fighting fund linked to the National Union of Workers has hosted fund-raising seminars with keynote speakers including Labor leader Bill Shorten to help it generate up to $300,000 per...

Julia Gillard to front royal commission

Julia Gillard will testify this week.

Anna Patty Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard is expected to appear before the royal commission into union corruption this week to be questioned about allegations she received money from a union slush fund to...

CFMEU official Peter Close denies he threatened to stop cranes at Barangaroo

'Difficult': Universal Cranes managing director, Albert Smith.

Anna Patty A CFMEU official denied threatening to ban a crane company from operating at Sydney's Barangaroo building site dismissing what was interpreted as a veiled threat as "chit chat", the royal commission...

Eric Abetz urged to take child labour concerns to G20 employment ministers

Children in Delhi suburbs work from 5am to 6pm every day winding plastic rope, says World Vision.

Anna Patty Employment minister Eric Abetz has been urged to raise the issue of child labour in sweatshops with his international colleagues next week when he hosts a meeting of G20 employment ministers.

Trade union inquiry witnesses fear for safety, hearing told

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Anna Patty and Nick Ralston Witnesses have admitted to holding back evidence to the royal commission into union corruption, fearing for the safety of family members.

Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson calls fling with royal commission barrister a 'charity shag'

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Anna Patty Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson admits "we all make mistakes" in life - including a "charity shag" she had with Health Services Union barrister Mark Irving more than 20 years ago.

Royal commission delves into transport union money transfers

Transferred money to another union: Transport Workers Union national secretary, Tony Sheldon.

Anna Patty and Ben Schneiders The Transport Workers Union used an international redraw facility to transfer money interstate to another union and kept poor records of tens of thousands of dollars in other cash payments, a royal...

ALP vice-president Tony Sheldon backed allies with international cash transfer

Transferred money to another union: Transport Workers Union national secretary, Tony Sheldon.

Ben Schneiders and Anna Patty National Labor vice-president and Transport Workers Union head Tony Sheldon requested that an international money transfer be used to send $20,000 to his political allies in another union.