Anna Patty

Anna Patty

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

Union boss Bob Nanva hits out at 'broken' pre-selection process

Anna Patty National union chief Bob Nanva has attacked the ALP's "broken" pre-selection process and has called for union bosses like himself to step aside and give ordinary members a say in the selection of...

Treasurer Mike Baird favours allowing all shops to open on Boxing Day


Anna Patty Treasurer Mike Baird is committed to allowing all shops to open on Boxing Day, despite protest rallies staged by church and union leaders who believe the move will lead to retail staff being forced...

Australian Services Union calls on HESTA to divest funds from Transfield Services over its links to Manus Island

Anna Patty The Australian Services Union has called on industry superannuation fund HESTA to divest from Transfield Services and is advising its 20,000 members around the country how they can stop their...

Retail trading hours in NSW: ministers, union want guarantee

NSW MP Fred Nile Rev. Keith Garner, Superintendent, Wesley Mission Fred Nile and Distributive and Allied Employees Association, NSW Branch Secretary Gerard Dwyer.
Photo: Anna Patty


Anna Patty A holy row is building over shopping on public holidays in NSW.

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Women under pressure to not use sick leave, survey finds

8 May 2012, Markus Manheim Story, Canberra Times photo by ROHAN THOMSON. National Secretary of The Community and Public Sector Union, Nadine Flood at Parliament House.


Anna Patty Up to a quarter of women go to work when they are sick, mainly due to heavy workloads and pressure from bosses discouraging them from taking sick leave, the largest survey of women in the workplace...

NSW government bid to roll super into wage-cap deal defeated again

State Treasurer Mike Baird.

Anna Patty The NSW government has been defeated again in its attempt to include superannuation entitlements as part of public servants' basic salaries, which are capped from rising above 2.5 per cent a year.

Qantas starts process of shedding jobs as Australian Services Union calls for urgent intervention from Fair Work Australia


Anna Patty Up to 4000 Qantas staff will be given until the end of the month to accept a redundancy package according to unions who described the offer as rushed and chaotic.

NSW Labor puts forward alternative to minimum mandatory sentence laws


Anna Patty Judges would be able to ignore minimum mandatory sentences in special cases under amendments Labor is proposing to make to the O'Farrell government's controversial sentencing laws that aim to curb...

Crisis over at-risk children


Anna Patty Almost 50,000 of the state's most vulnerable children are still not being seen by caseworkers from the Department of Family and Community Services.

Department of Planning recommends green light for Newcastle coal terminal

Anna Patty The NSW Department of Planning has recommended approval of a fourth coal export terminal in Newcastle.

New drinking laws: Sydney has fewer assaults on first weekend


Anna Patty Hospitals and police reported a reduction in serious assaults over the weekend after the introduction of new 1.30am lockout and 3am last drinks laws for licensed venues.

Mandatory sentencing debate: Figures show judges are getting tougher on offenders

Safer Sydney

Anna Patty There has been an 11 per cent drop over three years in the number of people prosecuted for assault offences that will attract a mandatory sentence under proposed new laws to be debated this week, a...

Ian Temby to lead team to recover proceeds from Eddie Obeid mine deal

Ian Temby.

Anna Patty Eminent Sydney silk Ian Temby will lead a team tasked with recovering proceeds from a corrupt mine deal from the former Labor MP Eddie Obeid.

Pru Goward to head domestic violence taskforce

NSW State Parliament Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, during question time.
18th September 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Anna Patty A new taskforce will look at sentencing for domestic violence offenders following the government's introduction of mandatory sentencing for assault in public places.

NSW assault laws: mandatory sentencing watered down

Barry O'Farrell

Anna Patty Proposed mandatory sentencing laws for serious assault have been watered down to leave out less serious assault offences in response to criticism their inclusion would be a "bridge too far".

Domestic violence: mandatory sentencing laws may make victims reluctant to give evidence


Anna Patty Proposed new mandatory sentencing laws may have the unintended consequence of reducing the number of people convicted of domestic assault because witnesses may become more reluctant to provide...

Police Integrity Commission decries McClelland review of investigations into police

Anna Patty The Police Integrity Commission has strongly criticised a government review of the way police conduct is investigated, saying it gave disproportionate favour to ''completely unfounded'' views put by...

Energy gains lost with closure of Alcoa aluminium recycling plant

Workers from Alcoa Australia Rolled Products

Anna Patty The loss of the last aluminium recycling plant in NSW is a blow for sustainability as well as jobs, because the plant has the potential to save 95 per cent of the energy used to manufacture aluminium...

O'Farrell government breaks election promise by backing central coast coal mine

mine protest

Anna Patty The O'Farrell government has been criticised for breaking a key election promise by recommending approval of the Wallarah 2 coal mine on the central coast.

Alcoa's Yennora closure: 'We were told our grandkids would have jobs here'

Alcoa worker Vince Purcell, 50, at Yenorra plant

Anna Patty Vince Purcell first started working at Alcoa's plant in Yennora at the age of 22, just after getting married. He is now 50.