Anna Patty

Anna Patty

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

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'

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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.

Court hears underworld figure Alex George made death threats

George Alex leaves court after being granted bail.

Rachel Olding, Anna Patty, Nick McKenzie Underworld and building industry identity George Alex supposedly suffers from depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and a leg injury from a recent car crash that is so severe it may require...

Underworld figure George Alex made death threats, court told

Rachel Olding, Anna Patty, Nick McKenzie Underworld and building industry identity George Alex was preparing for his upcoming appearance at the royal commission into union corruption when police raided his home on Thursday and arrested him...

Liquidated labour hire company allegedly reformed same business under new name

Anna Patty Staff at a labour hire company that short-changed chicken processing workers and forced them to live in overcrowded share accommodation are allegedly operating the same business under a different...

Childcare centre faces legal action for paying workers $2 an hour

Taking legal action: Natalie James, Australia's Fair Work Ombudsman.

Anna Patty A Sydney businessman is to face court over allegations he underpaid some workers at a childcare centre.

CFMEU instructed staff to delete emails, royal commission hears

Kylie Wray, who directed staff to delete the emails.

Anna Patty The construction workers union directed all staff and officials to clean out their emails despite being issued with an order to produce electronic documents to the royal commission into union...

CFMEU took weekly kickbacks from George Alex companies, royal commission hears

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Anna Patty The royal commission into union corruption has heard the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union allegedly received a weekly kickback of $2500 from labour-hire companies linked to crime...