Building Services Contractors

Project Revitalisation – BSC iceberg moment imminent


The adage that sunlight is the best disinfectant always bears fruit in the end. Trouble is that some people just don’t seem to see the rays of light beaming down on them.

Take our friends at the cartel-like Building Service Contractors NZ or BSC as they like to be known.

Its El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo continues on as though nothing is wrong, oblivious to the weight of government bearing down on his little rort.

Even fresh faced Lillian Small, who it seems continues to work for Kimberley Clark, as well as under Paddy, is desperately trying to give the place a new spruce of paint by way of new newsletters.

In a rat-cunning attempt to give the Government the illusion of relevance, its PR advisers are pushing a “Project Revitalisation” – a clear sign and acknowledgement that they are out of date.

You can tell the PR b.s. when you see words like “excellent and innovative work”, “contribution made by our industry often flies beneath the radar when it comes to public recognition”, “BSC can provide even better value for our members”. Cough, splutter, hurl.    Read more »

Sponsors in the dark about BSCs problems, Ctd


My friends at the cartel like BSC really must be worried about their upcoming Clean Sweep Awards, particularly as the tip line continues to provide worrying accounts of dodgy dealings that may upset their principal sponsor Staples.

They’ve had to extend the deadline for entries into their ‘Clean Sweep Awards’, which is always code for whoops we haven’t got many entries so let’s push out the date and hope for some more to come in.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, so best that Joe Taylor, Head of Facilities Solutions Australia gets to hear about the organisation he’s aligning Staples with.

He’s obviously fallen deep into El President’s Patrick Lee-Lo’s lap, gushing over the prospect the Staples will be able to hoe into the BSC membership – all 39 of them.  Read more »

Sponsors in dark over BSC’s problems

It’s never a good look for sponsors to be kept in the dark about problems facing the outfit they’re sponsoring.

Take our friends at the cartel-like Building Service Contractors New Zealand (BSC), headed by our close friend El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo and his naïve off-sider Lillian Small.

Having done very little for its members over the last few years – aside from milking its 50 members out of $20k a year, newbie Lillian Small’s latest bright idea after the newsletter, is to re-start the ‘Clean Sweep Awards’.

Sponsoring the BSC awards is Staples New Zealand, part of the world largest office supply company.

The WO team had never heard of them before so had a look at Staples New Zealand’s website, and found interesting commentary, that we’re not sure fits with what we know about, and have seen with the BSC.

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Drum roll…Lillian Small changes newletter


The cartel like BSC, headed by El Presidente Patrick Lee Lo, is really focusing on things that matter.

New hire Lillian Small has raced into her new job with such vigour and enthusiasm and produced a new newsletter for their diminishing membership. Lillian’s obviously focusing on things that matter.

Meanwhile, all is not well in the BSC office.

Information via the tip-line from the Fish-gang, indicates Executive Officer and former international junket traveller Marja Verkerk has been side-lined for the younger Lillian Small.

Poor old Marja has been left focusing on things that matter to the Industrial Rope Access Association of NZ, Scaffolding, Access and Rigging New Zealand and the Pest Management Association of NZ – all of which are “managed” by the BSC.

No more international junkets to Brazil for Marja.

Makes you wonder who will now be accompanying Paddy on his next junket to the World Federation of Building Service Contractors to be held at the Marriott Marquis in New York in April.

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El Presidente dumps Lillian Small into the deep end

Oh Lillian, why didn’t you conduct due diligence before signing up to the cartel-like Building Service Contractors gig?

Not only are you going to have to explain to existing and potential members you approach why the Police are concerned about the BSC, you’ll also have to front before Select Committees where MPs will naturally be inquisitive about the BSC’s and its members’ activities.

Even today, a key member company of the BSC – United Cleaning Services, is in the paper for all the wrong reasons. They even bang on in their website that they’re a major supporter of the BSC’s alleged industry training programme.

Lillian can you explain how a company that supposedly is a major supporter of your training programme, (headed by a member of the Fish Gang - Bob King), can now be a credible supporter of the BSC when its own workers let the team and cleaning industry down?   Read more »

Another year of misery for the BSC

Via the Fish Gang Tipline

Thanks to the tip-line, it looks like our friend El Presidente Patrick Lee Lo has quietly been given a good slapping by arch nemeses Crest Clean.

With submissions closed on Simon Bridges Employment Relations Amendment Bill, and the light-weight Transport & Industrial Relations Committee reporting back to Parliament on the Bill a day before it rose for Christmas, most would have missed this.

But thanks to a keen member of the Fish Gang, Paddy’s BSC attempts to stifle criticism has backfired.

Crest Clean took exception to the BSC’s playing dirty politics and effort to have their comments “expunged in total from their verbal submission” invoking Standing Orders 233 and 235.

They fired back with both barrels in a supplementary submission of their own, labelling the BSC’s efforts as not only bordering on defamatory, but the BSC was factually incorrect and misleading.    Read more »

2013 Worst Trade Association prize goes to…

At this time of year, people start to reflect on the year that’s coming to a close.

It’s also a time of year to start thinking about who gained some WO attention, and those who needed some disinfectant via sunlight on their activities.

So here’s to the start of the 2013 Whale Oil Awards.

But to kick off the 2013 Whale Oil Awards, I thought I’d start with the 2013 Worst Trade Association Prize. Regular readers won’t find it surprising that the recipient is …

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A familiar sound for the BSC and El Presidente

It’s like a scene out of a western, all is silent except for the faint cry of a eagle high above the harsh landscape.

El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo is standing out in the wilderness, all alone, wondering which way to turn, wondering how did it go so wrong.

Yesterday the Transport & Industrial Relation’s Select Committee issued their report into Simon Bridges’ Employment Relations Amendment Bill. With all the fuss Labour made about cleaners getting underpaid by their corporate bosses at Spotless Facility Services and working such long hours, you would expect their so-called industry body the Building Services Contractors, or BSC for short, to be all over this like a rash.  Read more »

1 Day to go for El Presidente


Via the Fish Gang tip-line

Key members of the Building Services Contractors are meeting Wednesday to decide the fate of El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo.

Sparks will be flying as the BSC’s governing body try to figure out whether it’s better to cut their losses and tuck into their share of the millions in the BSC’s bank account, or let Paddy continue to abuse the franchise sector which their members are now a part of and, in the process, bring down the BSC.

Either way, it’s not looking good for Paddy, especially as a major player is starting to emerge and is being tipped to sort out the BSC debacle once and for all. According to industry sources this is OCS’s MD James Fletcher.  Read more »

Fish Gang making a move

The tip-line has suddenly gone into overdrive over the last few days with reports that Patrick Lee-Lo’s time as El Presidente of the cartel like BSC is coming to an end.

I’ve heard that a meeting has been arranged by some of the fish-gang key members of the BSC who are very unhappy with Paddy and want answers.

Questions are also circulating about ToTal Property Services involvement in the BSC.

With WO spies everywhere, I’ll be watching this one closely.   Read more »