Anna Patty

Anna Patty

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

HSU's Jackson lashes out at Bill Shorten and Stephen Conroy as 'vultures'

Anna Patty Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson has accused Labor Party leader Bill Shorten and his allies of being in a "corrupt little gang" and of circling unions like vultures to further their...

Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson cross-examined by former lover

Kathy Jackson leaving the royal commission into unions earlier this year.

Anna Patty Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson derailed the royal commission into union corruption for more than an hour after she asked for a barrister to be stopped from cross-examining her...

Julia Gillard called to appear before royal commission into trade unions

Julia Gillard will be called to answer questions about payments for renovations to her house.

Anna Patty Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been summonsed to appear before the royal commission into trade union corruption which has heard allegations she was given money from a union slush fund for...

Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson's husband says she gave him $50,000

Kathy Jackson leaving the royal commission on unions earlier this year.

Anna Patty Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson allegedly gave her husband Jeff $50,000 from a slush fund she controlled as part of a property settlement, the Royal Commission on Union Corruption...

Michael Williamson still controlled HSU after standing down from leadership, inquiry told

Michael Williamson.

Anna Patty, Workplace Editor The corrupt former union boss Michael Williamson was still controlling the Health Services Union from behind the scenes for at least six months after he stood down from the leadership in late 2011, a...

Unions inquiry told GPS used to track HSU officials

Union power struggle: Diana Asmar.

Anna Patty GPS devices were allegedly used to track officials who feared their phones were being tapped as part of a power struggle involving bullying and intimidation within the troubled Health Services Union,...

Transport Workers Union chief Tony Sheldon defends use of slush fund and lack of disclosure

Justified a $7036 payment from the slush fund to his personal campaign to become national president of the ALP: Tony Sheldon.

Anna Patty, Ben Schneiders The head of the Transport Workers Union has justified his use of a slush fund and a lack of disclosure about its use, saying it had helped rid the Health Services Union of corruption.

Transport Workers Union bankrolled other union elections: Commission

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

Anna Patty A slush fund linked to the Transport Workers Union was used to bankroll the election of officials to other organisations including the troubled Health Services Union in NSW and to topple the...

Exploited chicken processing workers owed thousands

NCH NEWS. Pic Shows Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union's Newcastle & Northern Branch Secretary, Grant Courtney, at Union House, Newcastle West. Pictured with documents relating to foreigners working on backpacker visas in Beresfield. Pic by Max Mason-Hubers MMH. Thursday 17th October 2013. Newcastle

Anna Patty Underpaid chicken processing workers are owed $434,000 after allegedly being short-changed by a labour hire firm that paid them as little as $11.

Labour-hire firm refunds workers paid chickenfeed

Logo from the Fair Work Ombudsman website. 18 August 2014

Anna Patty Young workers at a NSW poultry processing plant had to share mattresses and crowded housing with up to 30 others, for wages of as little as $11.50 per hour.

NSW business forced to pay back $20,000 in underpayments to young workers

Anna Patty Young workers at a NSW poultry processing plant were forced to share mattresses and crowded housing with up to 30 others for wages of as little as $11.50 per hour.

Labor senator seized car from then sacked rival for his job, royal commission hears

Senator Chris Ketter arrives at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 3 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Anna Patty More revelations at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

Shakin' all over: how Joachim Tavlaridis brought the milkshake to the world

Mick Adams

Anna Patty When most Australians were still drinking tea and Americans were drinking sodas, it was a Greek migrant who introduced Sydney-siders to the milkshake 80 years ago.

Call for crackdown on unpaid work

Fair chance: Erin Stewart.

Anna Patty Young people need better protection from exploitation in the workplace through tighter regulation of unpaid internships, a NSW parliamentary inquiry has heard.

Staff cop sexual harassment as part of service

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14:  Geraldine Williamson,  who was sexually harassed in the workplace, poses for a photo at her home on August 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Anna Patty It began when a customer became too regular with his visits, insisting only she could serve him at a Sydney bar. Later, he gave her gifts including an opal necklace.

Unpaid internships - rise in official complaints 'tip of the iceberg'

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Anna Patty A 47 per cent increase in the number of official complaints about unpaid work is just the tip of the iceberg, researchers say.

Online shopping builds a secret army of warehouse workers

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Anna Patty The boom in online shopping has built a growing army of forklift drivers and warehouse workers – and women are moving rapidly into this once male stronghold.

Young jobless pay for internships

Employment inequality fears: Surveys show students are paying to get work as unpaid interns.

Anna Patty Young job seekers are paying up to $2000 to get work experience as unpaid interns, raising concerns about the potential for exploitation and an unfair playing field for those unable to afford the...

Electricity privatisation: poles and wires companies are not taking on any apprentices early next year

Postponed recruitment: Poles and wires businesses to cut apprenticeships.

Anna Patty NSW electricity distribution companies are reducing their intake of apprentices.