Anna Patty

Anna Patty

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

Cbus super fund co-ordinator sacked after lying to royal commission into unions

Anna Patty A construction industry superannuation fund representative has been sacked after she lied to the royal commission into union corruption about her involvement in leaking confidential information about...

George Alex will not appear before royal commission on Thursday

Anna Patty Building industry underworld figure George Alex will not appear before the royal commission into trade union corruption as scheduled on Thursday.

Ausgrid to offshore IT jobs

Anna Patty Publicly owned electricity distribution business Ausgrid is proposing to send 37 IT jobs offshore as unions step up a campaign to protect their workers' jobs.

George Alex makes surprise appearance at royal commission as Jim Byrnes is cross-examined

Dark glasses all round: George Alex arrives at the royal commission on Friday.

Anna Patty Two weeks before his scheduled appearance before the royal commission into unions, underworld figure George Alex sat in the viewing gallery eyeballing colourful businessman "Big" Jim Byrnes as he...

George Alex attends as Jim Byrnes cross-examined at royal commission

Anna Patty Colourful businessman "Big" Jim Byrnes has been accused of using an inquiry to avoid paying millions of dollars in debts allegedly owed to underworld figure George Alex.

WorkCover NSW bullying: Wayne Butler receives belated apology for poor treatment and dismissal

Bullied: Wayne Butler, the Workcover NSW employee, received an unconditional apology for the poor treatment he received by his employer.

Anna Patty A belated apology has been issued to Wayne Butler who was bullied by the workplace safety regulator, WorkCover NSW.

Fair Work boss defends compulsory examination of workers

Anna Patty Fair Work Building and Construction boss Nigel Hadgkiss has defended his authority's powers against criticism they allow for "interrogation" of workers.

Union helps 13 Woolworths workers become permanent

Thrilled: Jackie Dimovska is one of 13 people who will become permanent Woolworths employees.

Anna Patty  The National Union of Workers has helped 13 casual positions become permanent through a memorandum of understanding with Woolworths.

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CFMEU's Brian Parker called union official a 'dog' in phone call, royal commission hears

Phone calls played to royal commission: Brian Parker.

Anna Patty CFMEU NSW secretary Brian Parker called a union official a dog and spoke of wanting to bash him after the official raised concerns about the union's dealings with underworld figure George Alex, a...

George Alex's union royal commission appearance postponed

George Alex: Appearance at the Royal Commission delayed.

Anna Patty Underworld figure George Alex has been excused from appearing before the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption on Friday, but will be called to appear on October 23.

Royal Commission into Unions hears companies paid $1 million into training fund to ensure industrial peace

Keeping the peace on the waterfront.

Anna Patty A gas field operator and engineering firm were among companies who made payments of up to $1 million to a Maritime Union of Australia training fund to help broker industrial peace after it hired...

Trade unions royal commission dishes up scandal

Anna Patty Dyson Heydon rarely interjected during the hearings of the royal commission into trade unions, but when he did, it was with dry humour.

George Alex summonsed to appear before royal commission on trade unions

Sydney crime figure George Alex.

Anna Patty Sydney underworld figure George Alex has been summonsed to appear before the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption✓ late next week.

CFMEU tries to discredit whistleblower at royal commission

Former Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) official Brian Fitzpatrick, leaves during a lunch recess, after giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, in Sydney, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The Royal Commission is investigating alleged corruption at the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU). (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING

Anna Patty The CFMEU has tried to discredit a former official who blew the whistle on the union's dealings with Sydney crime figures in the royal commission into union corruption.

CFMEU internal inquiry into death threats was a 'whitewash'


Anna Patty A senior legal official with the CFMEU concedes he accepted the word of senior officials at face value without checking the facts.

Macquarie Fields front-runners lobby for Labor preselection

Stepping down: Andrew McDonald.

Anna Patty ALP preselection candidates have started jockeying for the chance to run for the NSW seat of Macquarie Fields following sitting MP Andrew McDonald's announcement on Friday that he will not contest...

Premier Mike Baird may intervene over ratepayer funding of brothel investigations

Anna Patty NSW Premier Mike Baird has signalled possible state government intervention in response to allegations that ratepayers are funding undercover operatives to have sex with prostitutes to help build a...

Call for overhaul of 457 visa training system to prevent risk of corruption

TAFE, Ultimo: The Sydney Institute generated $3.3 million from migration agents last year.

Anna Patty Sydney TAFE has been under investigation for alleged fraud in its use of millions of dollars from a training program for students on 457 visas.

Restore protections to injured workers, committee suggests

A joint parliamentary committee, including three government MPs, has reviewed the WorkCover scheme.

Anna Patty A review of the workers compensation scheme has recommended the restoration of lifetime medical benefits and legal representation to injured workers including amputees and those needing hearing aids.

Julia Gillard blamed Labor Party enemies for rumours, Bernard Murphy tells royal commission

Anna Patty Julia Gillard had blamed her "enemies within the Labor Party" for circulating rumours that money from a secret slush fund was allegedly used to pay for her home renovations, her former boss says.