Is the BSC a stooge of the SFWU?

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Via the Tipline

The great thing about getting abused is that those doing it are never quite as clean as they make themselves out to be. And Whaleoil’s Rules of Politics No.7 explains everything.

The BSC and its El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo is a good case in point.

A wee while ago I started exposing the cartel like behaviour of a little known trade association called the Building Services Contractors of NZ or the BSC for short. They’ve turned out to be a gift that keeps on giving.

There were always serious questions that needed to be answered by the BSC about their affiliation with the SFWU. Rodney Hide had a crack at them. The Owl has exposed questions about their financials and even the Franchise Association had to give them a slap.

But then this came in via the tip-line.   

It’s from Patrick Lee-Lo’s latest (October) newsletter. It says;

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Just like their union mates at the SFWU, the BSC is essentially too lazy to follow up their membership (some say about 50 members) and instead intend to tuck their members into a higher paying levy category.

If the BSC’s newsletter is anything to go by, the chances of a business coming across a letter asking them to pony up $20,000 in membership fees seem remote. But just like the Owl’s investigations into the SFWU member rort, the BSC has similar questions to answer.

The question is does the BSC Board know about this? And does the BSC Board or membership know what else El Presidente has been up to lately on behalf of the BSC?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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