BSC’s empire crumbling around El Presidente

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El presidente Patrick Lee-Lo

Spouting his union-friendly lines following a group hug with his mates at the SFWU, Paddy’s describing the enormous increase in pay of 35c an hour for his BSC members’ workers as a “sensible and workable” resolution. Sounds like a win.

Paddy’s union mates are chuffed that they’ve tucked more dosh out of BSC member companies as they are nothing but capitalist pigs out to oppress the working class.

But here’s the rub for El Presidente. The BSC is controlled by large foreign cleaning companies who dislike disturbances to the apple cart – and that’s exactly what’s coming down the line in the form of Simon Bridges changes to Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act.

No wonder he’s hitting out at the Government as the BSC tries to protect these overseas companies from Government moves to introduce a fairer and more even playing field – a notion scum bag unions shudder with fear at the very thought of. 

Then there’s the wee issue for Paddy as he sees the BSC’s stranglehold over government contracts eroded by better managed and higher performing franchise cleaning companies. Paddy copped one in the chook for abusing them earlier this year.

So while Paddy tries to spin a 35c increase as a win, the BSC Empire (and junkets) is starting to crumble all around him.

The question is who will be first to get their mitts on the $1.8M nest egg hidden among the ruins?


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