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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Unions complain to international labour organisation about government attack on wages

Anna Patty Public servants have lodged a complaint with the International Labour Organisation asking it to investigate the NSW government's actions in denying them the right to collectively bargain for wage...

Domestic violence: AWU recognises special leave

Anna Patty The Australian Workers Union has adopted domestic violence as a workplace issue and will for the first time include a domestic violence leave clause in its model agreement.

Thousands of Sydney unionists protest privatisation in national day of action

Anna Patty Up to 10,000 workers gathered outside the NSW parliament in Macquarie Street on Wednesday to send a message to the federal and state government that they don't like their agenda on workplace...

We stand for mercy: Australia's top legal minds sign petition calling for clemency for Chan and Sukumaran

 Myuran Sukumaran (left) and Andrew Chan. Australian academics are  seeking the Indonesian president's mercy.

Anna Patty More than 140 of Australia's leading law professors, deans and academics have signed a petition pleading with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to use his consitutional powers to spare the lives of...

Australian Paper mill to close: 75 jobs to go and passports won't be printed on Australian paper

Passports will have to be made from imported paper once Australian Paper closes its Shoalhaven mill.

Anna Patty Passports and birth certificates will no longer be printed on Australian made paper following the Australian Paper mill's decision to close its Shoalhaven plant.

NSW state election 2015: Greens launch renewables policy

Anna Patty Households could save on electricity bills under a plan allowing them to buy and sell clean energy with the support of new government "energy service" agencies.

NSW state election 2015: Labor promises $430m upgrade for Westmead Hospital

Health Minister Jillian Skinner, pictured with construction workers at Westmead Hospital, says Labor is

Anna Patty NSW Labor has made a commitment to spend $430 million to redevelop Westmead Hospital without privatising the state's electricity network.

Students being tricked into taking out expensive loans for courses

Tricked: Hundreds of students have complained to NSW Fair Trading.

Anna Patty Unscrupulous education and training providers have tricked at least 600 students in NSW into taking out expensive student loans for courses.

ACTU leadership: Tim Lyons challenges secretary Dave Oliver

ACTU assistant secretary Tim Lyons has a different vision for the organisation.

Anna Patty Key unions have called for the hasty resolution of an internal leadership wrangle within Australia's peak union organisation.

Australian Hotels Association asks for two tiers of public holidays

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Anna Patty The Queen's Birthday, bank holidays and the eve of the AFL grand final will not attract the same penalty rates as those paid to people working on Christmas Day under a proposal for a two-tiered...

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NSW election: Unions launch Obama-style campaign to win votes

Anna Patty NSW unions and the Labor Party aim to engage the community directly at train stations and through door knocking, street stalls, letter-box drops and telephone calls.

ETU strike plan includes ban on callouts after blackouts

Power lines

Anna Patty Lengthy delays in restoring power after blackouts are expected as part of strike action in response to failed negotiations over a new enterprise agreement for electricity workers.

Overseas workers will be allowed to work for a year without applying for 457 visas

Workers protest about 457 Visas in 2013. The Department of Immigration will now allow overseas workers to stay in Australia for a year without the 457 visa.

Anna Patty A new temporary entry permit proposed by the Department of Immigration to allow overseas workers to stay in Australia for a year without a 457 visa would create "open slather" in the Australian...

Endeavour Energy apprentices to lose jobs

Out of a job: Fifteen Endeavour Energy apprentices have been told their employment will be terminated early in the New Year.

Anna Patty A quarter of a graduating class of electrical apprentices employed with Endeavour Energy will lose their jobs early this month and the rest will be put on "unprecedented" six month contracts.

Luke Foley to contest NSW Labor Party leadership

Labor MP Luke Foley.

Anna Patty Luke Foley has announced he will contest the leadership of the NSW Labor Party.

Is Labor frontbencher Luke Foley safe from his own party?

Luke Foley:

Anna Patty As Labor frontbencher Luke Foley edges closer to deciding whether to contest the NSW leadership, senior party figures fear he is vulnerable to the party's dominant right wing.

Penalty rates: Loadings for working weekends and holidays could be over

Signs: Australian workers could lose their penalty rates for working weekends and public holidays next year.

Anna Patty This could be the last Christmas millions of Australian workers will claim penalty rates for working on weekends and public holidays, unions have warned.

John Robertson's leadership of NSW Opposition shaky: MPs

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22:  NSW opposition leader John Robertson addresses the media on December 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media)

James Robertson, Jacob Saulwick, Sean Nicholls, Anna Patty Labor figures Michael Daley and Luke Foley are viewed as candidates for the Labor leadership.

Westmead Hospital: Christmas shutdown to last a month

Westmead Hospital: 58 beds will remain closed until January 27.

Anna Patty Despite Westmead Hospital having the busiest emergency department in NSW, its annual closure over New Year has been extended until January 27.

Royal Commission into union corruption: Julia Gillard ex Bruce Wilson and others should face charges

Bruce Wilson

Anna Patty Former prime minister Julia Gillard has called for her accusers to show "decency" and apologise after Royal Commissionner Dyson Heydon found their were no grounds for criminality over her involvement...