Anna Patty

Anna Patty

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

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.

Young and jobless: the face of unemployment

Anna Patty Juno Pile-Barry, 18 of Prestons (near Liverpool) 

Royal Commission: CFMEU accused of 'reckless' behaviour with redundancy fund

Dyson Heydon

Anna Patty Building workers who rallied outside the Brisbane Magistrates Court in support of a CFMEU official appearing before the royal commission into trade unions were threatened with fines of up to $10,200.

Kathy Jackson admits paying ex-husband $50,000 from union slush fund

Kathy Jackson.

Anna Patty Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson has admitted to using funds from a union slush fund to write her former husband a cheque for $50,000.

Abolishing penalties would hurt the bush more

Anna Patty The loss of penalty rates would have a disproportionate impact on retail workers in rural and regional areas, leaving them up to $111 million worse off, a new study has found.

ALP conference motion on flying over war zones

Anna Patty Australian and other international airlines should be required to adjust their flight paths to avoid war zones and other dangerous areas, Transport Union boss Tony Sheldon will tell the ALP state...

Union protest at Barangaroo: 1000 workers walk off the job

Union protest: about 1000 workers have walked off the Barangaroo site.

Anna Patty Dispute over suspension of union delegate as workers down tools until Monday.

Mark Latham pushing for more democracy in ALP

Reform: Mark Latham.

Sean Nicholls and Anna Patty Former federal Labor leader Mark Latham is to help launch a new pressure group to push for democratic reform within the ALP.

Catholic teachers to strike over new pay structure

Anna Patty Catholic schools will close next week when teachers strike in protest against a planned new system which will for the first time pay teachers according to standards and not just years of service.

John Faulkner's preselection proposal faces defeat

Key proposal challenged: Labor Senator John Faulkner.

Anna Patty, Workplace Editor A union is set to ignite a stoush within the Labor Party next week when it opposes party elder John Faulkner's key proposal for reform to stamp out corruption.

Manly Council to consider reducing shark netting

Anna Patty Manly Council will consider a proposal to reduce shark netting around Manly beach at its Monday night meeting.