Anna Patty

Anna Patty

Anna Patty is Workplace Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a former State Political Reporter and Education Editor.
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Electricity workers warned against strike CEO describes as `pointess'

Anna Patty Electrical Trades Union, United Service Union and Professionals Australia have been told by NSW electricity networks boss Vince Graham their strike is "pointless". Anna Patty reports.

Australian woman dies during 'simple medical procedure' in Mexico

Minimal risks: Evita Nicole Sarmonikas.

Anna Patty The family of a young Australian woman who died in Mexico after what was supposed to be a simple medical procedure. 

Child protection workers go on one-hour strike

Child Sex Abuse: WeĆ¢??ve looked away for too long

Anna Patty The state government is not properly resourcing child protection services, the Public Service Association says.

Computer woes put TAFE NSW students on hold over fees and results

Many TAFE students cannot access results or fee notices.

Anna Patty Many TAFE students cannot access results or fee notices, and teachers are concerned about their own potential liability for any student accidents.

Baird's proposal to tighten bail laws a 'knee-jerk' reaction, say legal experts

Seeking tighter bail laws: NSW Premier Mike Baird with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Andrew Scipione.

Anna Patty Blanket refusal of bail to people identified as a terrorist risk could lead to lengthy incarceration of those facing less serious charges and undermine the judiciary's discretion to consider all...

Catholic teachers' lifestyles, private opinions feared to be under scrutiny in new code of conduct

Union leader John Quessy.

Anna Patty The teachers' union is negotiating a new salary agreement, which includes a statement on the church's expectations of behaviour.

ETU strike plan includes ban on callouts after blackouts

Power lines

Anna Patty Lengthy delays in restoring power after blackouts are expected as part of strike action in response to failed negotiations over a new enterprise agreement for electricity workers.

Costco trolley collectors exploited - labour-hire companies Xidis and Jay Group fined

Costco

Anna Patty Supermarket labour hire companies have been fined $190,000 for exploiting overseas workers who were paid nothing for 11 days of pushing trolleys at a Western Sydney shopping centre.

Greek elections: Greek Australians uncertain about the future for their former homeland

Anna Patty For Australian Greeks, the upcoming elections present a double-edged sword, raising a conflict between the heart and the head.

Productivity Commission Review of workplace laws seen as attack on hard-won conditions

Anna Patty Unemployment and job creation, pay rates and the interests of small business will be included in the framework for a sweeping review of national workplace laws.

ABC journalists informed of potential redundancies before Christmas

ABC logo

Anna Patty ABC journalists were in tears on Wednesday afternoon after being told their positions would become redundant.

ABC staff wanting to take redundancy told to put their hands up by Friday

Deadline looms: ABC staff have been given until 5pm on Friday to contact their managers if they want to accept an offer of redundancy.

Anna Patty ABC staff who want to accept redundancy are advised to tell the state broadcaster while those who want to stay face a longer process.

Costs for injured workers being shifted to Centrelink and Medicare warns NSW Law Society

Small Business Minister John Barilaro said the workers compensation reforms have unshackled employers from

Anna Patty The NSW government has trumpeted a 15 per cent reduction in workers' compensation claims by small businesses and a 17.5 per cent reduction in insurance premiums.

Maritime union lockout exacerbates dispute

Port Botany faces industrial action.

Anna Patty An industrial dispute between waterfront workers and DP World is set to escalate further after the company locked out  

Employee study finds many Australian workplaces lack effective leadership

Leadership woes: Australian workers rate leadership as the most important factor in engagement.

Anna Patty Ineffectual leaders who fail to clarify their company's direction are the leading cause of worker disengagement.

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ABC sacks Quentin Dempster

Dismayed: The host of <i>7.30 NSW</i>, Quentin Dempster, an ABC employee of more than 30 years, was sad about the loss of his program.

Anna Patty When veteran ABC broadcaster, Quentin Dempster, says "bye-bye" in his Queensland, boy-from-the-bush way next Friday night, it will be for the last time.

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Call for airlines to follow Virgin in granting domestic violence leave

Virgin Australia

Anna Patty Airlines are being urged to follow the example of Virgin Australia in its introduction of domestic violence leave for staff.

Julia Gillard's royal commission submission: Counsel assisting responds

Anna Patty The counsel assisting the royal commission into trade unions has agreed that former prime minister Julia Gillard's conduct as a lawyer may not have prevented her former boyfriend's misuse of a slush...

Reality bites for ABC staff as 400 face the axe

Gone: The host of <i>7.30</i> NSW, Quentin Dempster, an ABC employee of more than 30 years, has lost his program.

Anne Davies, Anna Patty Around the country the painful process of showing people the door unfolded.

Work without pay: what are we thinking?

The 9 to 5 work day is long gone.

Anna Patty The Australia Institute estimates the value of unpaid overtime worked by Australians across a year is $110 billion. So why do we do it?