Anna Patty

Anna Patty

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

Staff cop sexual harassment as part of service

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

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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.

More turmoil at Sydney Conservatorium of Music with bullying allegations

Nicole Dorigo

Anna Patty After years of infighting and complaints about American bassoonist Kim Walker's controversial management style, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is again alive with the sound of complaints about...

Ferry strike: free rides for all during peak hours

No charge: ferry operators will not be collecting fares next week.

Anna Patty Travel on Sydney ferries will be free during peak hours next week as part of a long-running industrial dispute over salaries and conditions.

Reforms to workers' compensation are being wound back

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Anna Patty Injured workers including amputees and people needing hearing aids will have their medical benefits restored as a result of a state government decision to wind back some of its cuts to the WorkCover...

Punchbowl Boys' High School principal Jihad Dib in talks for Lakemba seat

Anna Patty The NSW ALP says it is moving away from the preselection of election candidates who have worked for unions and politicians in favour of people who have had "real jobs" as teachers and nurses. 

Green slip changes prevent legal representation

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Anna Patty Injured motorists will be unable to hire a lawyer to help them lodge a claim under the Green Slip Insurance Scheme as a result of a Motor Accidents Authority proposal to dramatically cut the fees...