Patrick Lee-Lo

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of relevance, its PR advisers are pushing a “Project Revitalisation” – a clear sign and acknowledgement that they are out of date.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 the dark about the BSC’s problems, Ctd

The tip-line was a great invention.

The cartel-like BSC continues to be under the pump. Not only does it have to face questions over why the New Zealand Police have raised concerns about its membership, it has to explain to MBIE why it should have any rights above everyone else to government tenders.

And we all know explaining is losing.

Meanwhile, its new CEO Lillian Small raced out of the blocks with a thrilling new newsletter. Such a shame it was full of porkies.

She’s also trying to kick-off some ‘clean sweep’ awards, and is doing the rounds trying to tickle up sponsors like office supply company Staples New Zealand.

Sponsors have obviously grown weary of El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo and his close ties to the likes of the SFWU. Still, it hasn’t stopped him appointing his boss Julian Crease at ToTal Services Solutions as a judge of the ‘clean sweep’ awards.  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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MBIE shows BSC they’re in charge of Government procurement now

Yesterday’s post about the ongoing saga that is the cartel-like BSC got me thinking about government departments.

Some government departments move at a glacial pace, hoping for a Minister they can ‘manage’ vs being told what to do – Comrade Kate was a classic example of a Minister captured by her Department of Labour officials.

Debate about whether Simon Bridges is captured by these officials, isn’t being helped by his frequent meetings with the SFWU.

This is all relevant because sources in Wellington tell me MBIE has grown increasingly frustrated with the ex-Department of Labour officials and their efforts to protect union rorts (i.e. the BSC).

See the Building Service Contractors New Zealand tuck companies (those that are stupid enough to be members) out of $20k a year because they have a strangle-hold over anyone getting a government contract. Rodney Hide exposed them in the NBR.

The Department of Labour was happy with this jack-up because it was signed by their beloved Labour party patrons. They weren’t happy when Joyce merged them into MBIE.

They also didn’t like Joyce’s move to treat all suppliers equally, by way of the Principles of Government Procurement.  Read more »

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.

Mmm, wonder if Paddy will be team-building with Lillian in New York thanks to membership fees being tucked out of Bentley driving suppliers like Jiwa Nadan from Advance International Cleaning SystemsRead more »

El Presidente further undermines new CEO

Via the tip-line

The new CEO of the BSC, Lillian Small, has once again been smacked in the arse by her boss El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo.

This time Paddy has gone ahead and undermined any “new member” initiatives Lillian Small may have hoped to run, by declaring his support for the Living Wage campaign in the cleaning industry mag InClean. The SFWU and CTU must have been in the ear of Paddy over the Christmas holidays, re-educating him on his union roots.

It’s not online, but a member of the Fish Gang has scanned it and sent it in via the tip-line.

In a typical scumbag union tactic, Paddy blames the customer/client for not paying a Living Wage to their cleaners.

While the unions will be ecstatic with Paddy, what’s the bet BSC members getting tucked for $20k a year will be less than enthused at El Presidente’s comments.   Read more »

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 »

Oh Lillian Small, what have you done?


Hold the phone, the cartel like Building Service Contractors or BSC for short has come out of the starting blocks like a bolt from the blue and hired Lillian Small to divert attention away from the shenanigans at the BSC.

While at first glance it could be described as a cunning plan by EL Presidente, Fish-Gang sources are indicating that it’s actually a cunning move to shift Patrick Lee-Lo out of the picture in the belief it’s harder to attack a pretty blond than a moustache wearing 70’s porn star look alike.  Read more »

BSC membership unrest

Via the tipline

The other day I blogged about the ongoing shenanigans at the winner of the 2013 Worst Trade Association – the cartel like Building Service Contractors, or BSC for short, headed by the well known El Presidente Patrick Lee Lo.

I ended up getting a call from guy that’s clearly very concerned about the BSC. He didn’t sound like a member of the Fish-Gang, but he had a lot to say about the BSC and its President, including a deep frustration at the unions’ efforts with the BSC.

Concerns have also been expressed about the BSC by the Police. But that’s for another post.  Read more »