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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Tattoo, dating services and Lego bought on union credit card, royal commission told

Anna Patty A NSW union official allegedly spent tens of thousands of dollars of union money on tattoos, dating websites, LEGO, sunglasses, Tiffany jewellery and other goods apparently for personal use.

CFMEU rebuts call for criminal charges

Darren Greenfield gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

Anna Patty The national construction union has rebutted a call for its official to face criminal charges for bribery.

Ambulance officers fight against cuts to death and disability insurance

Anna Patty Paramedics are fighting to retain their death and disability insurance benefits, which they believe should be equal to those received by other emergency workers including police and firefighters.

Police on the scrap heap - public campaign for insurance claim


Anna Patty Former police officer Amy Shaw says she finally "broke" after her exposure to murders, suicides, brawls, sieges, domestic violence assaults and fatal accidents.

Mindfulness takes over the corporate world

Mindfulness thumb.

Anna Patty Corporations must consider the causes of workplace stress as well as ways to alleviate it, sceptics say.

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One of Australia's oldest surviving Anzacs from Battle of Crete is honoured

Alf Carpenter, 98, one of the last remaining Anzacs. He fought in the battle of Crete in 1941.

Anna Patty One of Australia's last surviving ANZACS, Alf Carpenter, has a clear memory of hundreds of parachutes falling from the sky and the hospitality of the people he fought to save in Crete.

NSW government payroll tax relief for BlueScope steel helps save thousands of jobs

BlueScope will keep its Port Kembla steelworks open.

Anna Patty and Tim Binsted Australia's steel industry has been given a boost with a $60 million state government payroll tax relief to BlueScope Steel saving thousands of jobs.

NSW government will override Court of Appeal to give injured workers more certainty

NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello.

Anna Patty Patrick Scala is one of 6000 injured workers left in limbo after a NSW court decided they could not top up their lump-sum compensation payment if their condition deteriorated.

Cesar Melhem denies AWU issued bogus invoices

Victorian Labor MP Cesar Melhem.

Anna Patty and Ben Schneiders Embattled Victorian MP Cesar Melhem has denied the Australian Workers Union issued bogus invoices under his leadership

Trade union royal commission asked to consider criminal charges against CFMEU official

NSW CFMEU official Darren Greenfield.

Anna Patty The royal commission into union corruption will consider recommending criminal charges against NSW CFMEU official Darren Greenfield in relation to alleged bribes he took from construction underworld...

Health Services Union says Michael Lawler may have a case to answer

Michael Lawler and Kathy Jackson on <i>Four Corners</i>.

Anna Patty The national secretary of the HSU says it appeared that Michael Lawler and Kathy Jackson were trying to repair their public reputations on Four Corners.

Former Cleanevent finance manager Julianne Page admits Australian Workers Union deal was not a good look

Cleanevent paid its staff at 2006 rates in 2010 after a deal with the AWU.

Anna Patty Only "savvy" workers would have realised the bad deal they were on, the trade union royal commission hears.

Baiada labour hire companies continue to exploit overseas workers despite Fair Work Ombudsman warning

One of Baiada's contractors supplying major retailers including Coles. Photo supplied.

Anna Patty Australia’s biggest chicken supplier is facing allegations its contractors are exploiting foreign workers and using bogus business addresses, despite promising to improve standards months ago.

Fork-lift truck safety warning issued after eight die, 1300-plus injured

Paralympian Kahi Puru's leg was amputated after a fork-lift truck accident.

Anna Patty With eight fatalities in three years, the government has issued a work safety warning about fork-lift trucks.

Cesar Melhem went overseas on trip paid for by glassmaker ACI, commission told

Mr Shorten's successor at the AWU Cesar Melhem.

Anna Patty Embattled Victorian MP Cesar Melhem travelled to America and spent a week in his home country Lebanon at the expense of glass manufacturer, ACI when he was a union official, the royal commission...

Former ACI executives say they knew nothing about payments to AWU

Payments to Bill Shorten's branch of the Australian Workers Union between 2003 and 2005 are being examined by the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

Anna Patty The former chief executive officer and human resources manager of glass manufacturing company ACI said they knew nothing about the company's payment of close to $500,000 to Bill Shorten's branch of...

Former Thiess manager admits company issued bogus invoices to disguise AWU payments

Cyclists enjoy the Eastlink Open day in June 2008.

Anna Patty A former manager of the construction company Thiess John Holland has admitted the firm issued bogus invoices to hide payments to the Victorian branch of the AWU when Bill Shorten was its state...

Sydney Ugg Boot retailer fined for paying worker $8 an hour

A pair of Ever UGG boots that retail for over $300.

Anna Patty A Sydney Ugg boot retailer has been fined more than $10,000 for paying a young overseas worker just $8 an hour instead of the standard $22 rate to which she was legally entitled.

Mike Baird urged to buy local steel to keep Bluescope alive: BIS Shrapnel report shows local procurement works

Coiled steel is made at BlueScope Steel's Port Kembla steelworks.

Anna Patty, Workplace Editor Premier Mike Baird has been urged to using NSW steel for its future infrastructure projects in response to a new report which shows a local procurement policy could help save the Illawarra steel...

TPP: Unions fear impact on Australian workers

ACTU President Ged Kearney believes the next election will be called before the 2016 budget.

Anna Patty The deal has been signed in secret without explanation says the ACTU.