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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Workplaces of the future: the key is better management of invisible workers

Anna Patty If you work from home, you're akin to being invisible - and your boss may not be sure how to manage you.

Keep workers with the four steps to happiness

Henry Stewart,  chief executive Happy Ltd, says most companies concentrate on the bottom line,

Anna Patty  Keeping workers happy is the key to business success, says UK consultant Henry Stewart, who reckons it can be done in four steps.

Back injuries the most common and costliest in the workplace

Dan Thomas became a style consultant after injuring his back.

Anna Patty Dan Thomas ran his own window cleaning business until a back injury forced him to reinvent his career.

Backlash grows over ALP's Chris Minns' anti-union push

Chris Minns has sparked an angry reaction from union leaders.

Anna Patty Rising ALP star Chris Minns is accused of having a hidden agenda that involves handing more power to "an inward-looking political class" of faction bosses.

Australian Workers Union traded off $2 million in worker penalty rates and wages for $25,000 per year

Steven Webber was general manager at Cleanevent when the company was acquired.

Anna Patty and Nick Toscano A cleaning company paid the Australian Workers Union up to $25,000 per year in a deal that traded off the penalty rates of cleaners to save the company $2 million, the royal commission into...

Khaled Sharrouf's children: grandmother 'gravely concerned for their safety'

Khaled Sharrouf and his sons on social media.

Anna Patty and Latika Bourke The mother-in-law of Australian Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf is terrified for the safety of her daughter and grandchildlren and is pleading with the Abbott government to allow...

Police on the scrap heap – PTSD training for cadets 'inadequate'

A PowerPoint slide used to explain post-tramatic stress disorder to NSW police.

Anna Patty When asked for all information on training given to police cadets about post-traumatic stress disorder, the NSW Police Service released two PowerPoint presentations that included a one-line reference...

Nursing home operators playing hard ball with penalty rates, unions warn

Nurses were hoping to negotiate a new three-year agreement to begin in July.

Anna Patty Aged care providers have refused to negotiate with nurses on a new salary agreement until the Productivity Commission reviews the modern award, including the future of penalty rates.

Expansion of Comcare will threaten workers' safety, says Australian Lawyers Alliance

A successful prosecution against construction company John Holland has highlighted a series of failures by Comcare, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Anna Patty A series of occupational health and safety breaches on building sites points to a ticking construction time bomb, a peak law body has warned.

Prison officers at risk as prison population grows

The NSW Public Service Association is campaigning for improved workers comp for prison officers to bring them into line with firies, police and other emergency service workers because their safety is increasingly at risk as a result of overcrowding in prisons. Photo shows Jason Gould - Broken Hill Prison Officer - copped a pool ball to the eye in a brawl. Photo Supplied

Anna Patty "We are in situations that are as dangerous as the ones police face."

Royal Commission into trade unions flags $17 million fines for bribery

Anna Patty Employers and unions would face fines of up to $17 million for paying or receiving bribes and police would be given new "move on" powers to prohibit an unlawful union picket or boycott at a building...

Barangaroo worker exposed to live electrical wires sparking safety calls

The site that experienced the flash of high voltage power.

Anna Patty A Barangaroo worker came into contact with live electricity, the second electrical incident in a year, prompting calls for a safety investigation at the building site.

Doctors protest at changes to Medical Journal of Australia

Anna Patty A group of prominent doctors is rallying members of the profession against a decision to outsource the country's leading medical journal to a global publisher that has promoted the pharmaceutical...

Former TWU boss Richard Burton denies $2.1 million 'spending spree'

Courts generic.

Anna Patty A former Transport Workers Union boss went on a $2.1 million "spending spree" including the purchase of two luxury utes that cost $150,000 each within months of becoming secretary of his branch, the...

Former union boss who splurged on luxury truck denies he looked after his own interests

James McGiveron

Anna Patty A former union boss who allegedly splurged union funds on two $150,000 luxury trucks including one he kept has denied he had preferred his own interests to those of his members, the royal commission...

Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption: Union bosses bought $150,000 cars without knowledge of branch members

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Anna Patty Transport Workers Union officials bought two prestige cars costing $150,000 each without the knowledge of branch members, the royal commission has heard.

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison announces changes to the pension

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Anna Patty More than 90,000 Australians will no longer qualify for the pension and an extra 235,000 will have their payments cut under changes to save the government $2.

Internal unions investigation 'not a conflict of interest': royal commission

Robert Whyburn at the royal commission.

Anna Patty "I'm always conscious of potential conflict, but in this particular case I didn't think I had a conflict at all," said Robert Whyburn.

Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations seeks big rise in minimum wage

The Catholic Church wants a $28.70 increase in the minimum wage - more than double the $10.25 employer lobbyists are willing to concede.

Anna Patty The Fair Work Commission is being asked to look various claims relating to increasing the national minimum wage, with one claim being double the amount major employer groups have argued for.

Agreement to drop federal court action before Bernie Riordan was appointed Fair Work commissioner

Bernie Riordan.

Anna Patty Before his appointment, Fair Work Commissioner Bernie Riordan was subject to a Federal Court case over $1.8m in directors fees he had been accused of receiving.