Anna Patty

Anna Patty

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

CFMEU takes complaints about leaks to police

Anna Patty The CFMEU has requested the Australian Federal Police investigate apparent leaks about witnesses and evidence from the Trade Union Royal Commission.

Work for the dole schemes do not work: economist

Jeff Borland.

Gareth Hutchens, Anna Patty, Dan Harrison A respected workplace economist says there is no evidence ''work for the dole'' schemes work, accusing the federal government of expanding the program for political rather than economic reasons.

Former CFMEU official Brian Fitzpatrick called triple-0 after death threats, inquiry told

Brian Fitzpatrick

Anna Patty Former union official Brian Fitzpatrick has told a royal commission that he called triple-0 moments after he received death threats.

ACTU boycotts royal commission

ACTU.

Anna Patty The ACTU has boycotted a policy review by the royal commission into trade unions, saying it is too rushed and "piecemeal".

TWU members forced to join super fund that paid fees to top officials, royal commission told

Truck driver

Anna Patty The Transport Workers Union forced its members to join the industry superannuation fund, which paid its directors, including senior union officials, $200,000 in fees each year, the royal commission...

Royal Commission: Kathy Jackson unable to explain how slush fund payments were spent

Jackson defends use of 'slush fun': Whistleblower Kathy Jackson.

Anna Patty and Ben Schneiders Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson was unable to explain how a string of large withdrawals totalling tens of thousands of dollars from a union slush fund were spent.

Shorten accused of ALP branch-stacking

Ben Schneiders, Anna Patty Controversial union leader Kathy Jackson has accused her former friend Bill Shorten of being involved in Labor Party branch-stacking, saying she had discussed the practice with the now Opposition...

HSU's Kathy Jackson accuses Bill Shorten of Labor branch-stacking involvement

Accused of ALP branch-stacking: Bill Shorten.

Ben Schneiders and Anna Patty Controversial union leader Kathy Jackson has accused her former friend Bill Shorten of being involved in Labor Party branch-stacking saying she had discussed the practice with the now Opposition...

Wilson denies giving wads of cash to ex-PM

Bruce Wilson

Anna Patty The former Australian Workers Union official Bruce Wilson took to the stand at the royal commission into trade unions and denied a slush fund he established had issued sham invoices or that he gave...

Builders expected to say former prime minister Julia Gillard paid for renovations

Anna Patty Questions of whether union money was used to pay for renovations at the house of former prime minister Julia Gillard in the early 1990s could be answered by the words of two builders and a former...

Not so smart: study shows after-hours use of phones, devices is counterproductive

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Anna Patty Checking emails in bed late at night may seem like time well spent, but researchers have found that after-hours use of smartphones and other devices is counterproductive.

Unions brace over proposal to cut weekend penalty rates

Dave Oliver

Anna Patty Australian unions have vowed to fight the business lobby's push to cut weekend penalty rates, warning the move could create a US-style underclass.

Those killing animals are better trained than those caring for children

Anna Patty Abattoir workers are, on average, better trained than childcare staff, Sydney researchers have found.

Mentally ill at risk of slipping back into homelessness: study

Risk of homelessness: Many who took part in the study felt that the

Anna Patty People with a mental illness are at risk of being stuck in a "revolving door" in and out of homelessness without support to help them keep their public housing, new research has found.

Thousands of injured workers to miss out on lump sum compensation after High Court upholds WorkCover appeal

Mandatory.Sydney.January 29th, 2014.Photo.Sahlan Hayes.SMH Nerws.Greens MP David Shoebridge at a forum to discuss the proposed mandatory minimum sentencing in NSW.

Anna Patty More than 16,000 people in NSW will not receive about $350 million in lump sum workers' compensation payments as a result of a High Court decision that makes state government changes to the WorkCover...

Slush fund money helped fund TWU official's campaign, Ralph Blewitt tells royal commission

Ralph Blewitt.

Anna Patty Money from a secret ''slush fund'' controlled by two former officials from the Australian Workers Union was used to help fund an election campaign for an official from the Transport Workers Union,...

Public service cuts producing errors, longer waiting times, says union

Anna Patty Workplace Editor Mistakes are being made, intelligence and quarantine services are being cut and waiting times for Medicare and Centrelink services are growing as a result of cuts to the public service, unions say.

Kylie Minogue dancers drama points to worker exploitation

Kylie Minogue.

Anna Patty When dancers were asked to perform with Kylie Minogue at the Logie Awards for $100, there was an outcry across the globe.

Australia's unions warned to get paperwork in order for royal commission

Anna Patty Australia's peak union body has warned its affiliates to be prepared to provide documents at short notice showing any payments they have made to officials, relatives or political campaigns.