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. 

But no. So the question that has to be asked is why the silence? Did the Fish Gang hog-tie him at last week’s meeting? Certainly looks that way.

While the BSC’s dodgy union mates were quick out of the blocks saying Simon Bridges didn’t care about workers, El Presidente was left with no-where to go.

After abusing the crap out of the $20 billion franchise sector, Paddy must be wondering in hindsight if that was such a good move after the Government announced that it was moving ahead and allowing SMEs with 19 or fewer people to be exempt from the notoriously messy Part 6A.

With key members of the Fish Gang like James Fletcher’s OCS keen-as on franchising, Paddy couldn’t exactly come out on behalf of the BSC and criticise the Government for this move. Paddy couldn’t come out and praise the Government either as that would upset his apple cart with the BSC’s union mates in the SFWU.

Paddy’s now a bit like Len Brown…it’s all over bar the shouting.


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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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