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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NSW government to wind back WorkCover cuts to injured workers

Anna Patty The Baird government is winding back controversial changes to the Workers' Compensation Scheme by restoring $1 billion in benefits to injured workers and businesses.

Workplace laws: unions fear outcome of Productivity Commission review

Bernie Smith:

Anna Patty The mist over the future of penalty rates and deregulation of trading hours on Boxing Day and Easter Sunday will clear on Tuesday when the Productivity Commission...

Cardiac arrest during cosmetic surgery: overdose of local anaesthetic likely

Amy Rickhuss.

Anna Patty A young woman who went into cardiac arrest during a cosmetic surgery procedure in Sydney appears likely to have been given an overdose of local anaesthetic.

Early job hopping can limit employment opportunities

Anna Patty Young tertiary-educated people who change jobs often can run foul of future potential employers.

Fair Trading issues recall of Samsung top loader washing machines

Six models of the Samsung top loader washing machine are affected by a recall.

Anna Patty So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.

Flying paramedics deserve a pay rise, says commission


Anna Patty Paramedics involved in helicopter rescues are required to take greater risks and responsibilities when rescuing people from dangerous locations including cliffs, canyons and mines.

Brian Parker reinstated as NSW CFMEU boss

CFMEU NSW state secretary Brian Parker appeared before the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

Anna Patty Brian Parker has been reinstated as the NSW boss of the union for construction workers after stepping aside last month ahead of his appearance at the royal commission into union corruption.

Digger celebrates union's 100th anniversary as its oldest surviving official

Charles Digger Murphy, 95, is Australia's oldest surviving coal mine union official.

Anna Patty Charles "Digger" Murphy's first job as a miner was on the pit head – at the entrance of a coal mine – when he was aged 15.

Man charged after allegedly leaving child in car while he went to job interview


Anna Patty A Sydney man allegedly left his two-year-old son alone in a car for an hour while he attended a job interview.

School canteen mums win backpay over enforced leave

School canteen: backpay awarded.

Anna Patty Six mothers working at three public school canteens in Sydney's west will be compensated after being short-changed by a food service contractor.

State vows to shut down Belanglo 'extreme terror' tour

Ivan Milat became notorious in the 1990s after he killed seven backpackers and dumped their bodies in the Belanglo State Forest.

Anna Patty The Forestry Corporation of NSW has informed the tour company that it cannot conduct its gravesite visits without a permit.

Deaf drivers overcome workplace discrimination with job at Uber

 Uber drivers Johann Gunesekera (left) and  Peter Kenyon, who have hearing impairments.

Anna Patty After a series of job knock-backs because of his hearing loss, Peter Kenyon has found a job as a driver thanks to a new app introduced by Uber

Belanglo State Forest 'extreme terror tour' angers families of murder victims

The sign for Belanglo State Forest.

Anna Patty An extension of the Goulburn ghost tour to include Ivan Milat's killing ground has opened old wounds for victims' families.

Sydneysiders to get advice on avoiding congestion

Anna Patty The Baird government has launched a series of television advertisements advising motorists how to minimise inconvenience as its starts to build new roads and other major infrastructure.

The future of employer pay deals with unions under threat

'I think it is time for unions to be regulated and governed in the same way as corporations.': Alex Hawke

Anna Patty The royal commission into trade unions has polarised opinions about so called side-deals between employers and unions.

Fines may be doubled for retailers of faulty electrical goods

Erin Dee.

Anna Patty After wrapping a new set of Christmas lights around the tree and settling back for a quiet night, Erin Dee was startled by a sudden loud crack and smoulder of smoke.

Ethics check box removed from school enrolment form

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli

Anna Patty Providers of ethics classes in NSW primary schools have responded with outrage to a change to the school enrolment form which removes a clear choice between ethics and scripture.

Truck driving – Australia's 'deadliest' job says Transport Workers Union

Duane Bowering:

Anna Patty Truck driver Duane Bowering says he has been routinely forced to take his life – and those of other motorists – into his hands by carrying loads that are too heavy and unsecured.