Ding Dong, El Presidente’s gone


This morning the Building Services Contractors New Zealand (BSC for short) sent out an email to members announcing that El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo has stepped down as National President.

You may recall that for some time WOBH has poured sunlight into the BSC. Many, including Rodney Hide, called it a cartel-like organisation for being party to an Principles Agreement that excluded businesses from government contracts.

National?s former Minister of Labour Simon Bridges did the right thing and axed this agreement, much to the horror of El Presidente who claimed it was part of some conspiracy to undermine workers? rights.

According to the announcement sent to members (and forwarded to WOBH by a member of the fish-gang), CEO Lillian Small says Patrick Lee-Lo was a ?vibrant President?. I’d?agree with that.

Here?s the email. ? Read more »

Back in ya box El Presidente


Via the Fish-gang tip-line.

Regular readers will know the?Government has finally shut the door on the cartel-like rort that was (and still is) the little known Building Service Contractors New Zealand?or BSC for short.

A reader has sent through the recent BSC AGM minutes. They?re interesting reading.

Some may know?that El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo got a slapping for attacking the $1b franchise industry?? despite having so-called members actually being franchise members.

Looks like Paddy is doing a flip-flop and now sees the BSC as a franchisor keen on flogging off their recent CleanSweep event.


Will the BSC now be seeking membership of the Franchise Association of New Zealand? ? Read more »

Will Patrick Lee-lo embarrass the building Service Contractors again?


Regular readers will know that the Owl and I have been keeping track and shining some sunlight on the financials of the dodgy cartel like Building Service Contractors NZ or BSC for short.

Essentially, this union-styled organisation has quietly tucked its members for thousands of dollars; to such an extent that it?was sitting on a whopping $1.8m and growing pile of cash… and that was back in 2012.? Read more »

MBIE boss thrown under the bus by Joyce

Just when Trans-Tasman were keen on seeing MBIE boss David? Smol take out the CEO of the Year? for the second year in a row, poor old David Smol has been thrown under the bus by his ministers as a result of an exclusive here on WOBH.

Simon Bridges must have gone running to Steven Joyce asking what to do when I exposed a two-part series of a cover-up happening right under his nose.

Part One exposed MBIE?protecting the little cartel like Building Contractors Services NZ and showed them being tricky with?answering?hiding questions from Kiwi companies trying to grow their businesses by way of winning government tenders.

Part Two exposed MBIE?for really having no idea about their own employment laws, and in essence pretending the fiasco that is Part 6A doesn?t affect them ? just everyone else. That would have gone down well with Simon Bridges who has the task of bringing fair and balance back into the employment relations sector.

Word from Wellington is that as a result of these posts, David Smol has been thrown under the bus by Ministers embarrassed by not only problems within the Employment Relations Act, but also blissfully ignorant of the hidden Procurement Rules have created in favouring overseas companies over Kiwi companies ? all of which can be sheeted back to Labour. ?? Read more »

Are these Steven Joyce’s favourite firms?


The other week I posted about?Steven Joyce?s office being all upset and uppity about criticism that Joyce has a few favourite firms?when it comes to the Government?s procurement business.

Steven Joyce?s office ended up trying to explain that was not the case.

If Simon Beattie (Joyce?s spin merchant) had been a regular reader of WO, he would have seen a fair bit of criticism about MBIE?s handling of the?Government?s Procurement rules ? particularly around how the little scumbag union rort that is Rule 67.

Then again if Steven Joyce?s office wasn?t ?so busy looking at strategic issues? maybe they would see that this little?rort continues to undermine his much vaunted Procurement Rules?which says: ? Read more »

Who is telling Steven Joyce porkies?


It?s never a good look for bureaucrats to think they know better than their Ministers.

They may think that, but providing information to a Minister?s office that gets exposed as?misleading tends to result in someone copping it in the chook.

A keen WOBH reader pointed out that the?battle between corporate whore Matthew Hooton and Steven Joyce?has exposed something that the NBR seems to have let slip by.

The other week I exposed the?dodgy behaviour of bureaucrats in MBIE giving Simon Bridges dud information.? Part 2 of the expose then raised the question whether?MBIE were playing fast and loose with the procurement process,?with Simon Bridges turning a blind eye to what his officials are up to.? Read more »

“Let them eat cake” – BSCNZ reports to members


While the level of troughing varies, in general, troughers are the same wherever you go.

They have this sense of entitlement and believe that they deserve the perks.

Scumbag unions the world over have been exposed for diving into the trough and lavishing it up is flash places around the world.

My good friend?Patrick Lee-Lo, El Presidente of the Building Service Contractors, certainly enjoys the trough?provided by his cleaning members. By the looks of things Kimberly Clark?s Lillian Small also enjoyed her foray into the trough via a visit to New York. ? Read more »

A tip-line message to the Government

Yesterday I posted a photo of our friend, El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo, his new travelling sidekick Lillian Small and the BSC king-pin Bob King over in New York.

Despite the short week with many taking an extra few day?s leave, the post resulted in the following being sent into the tip-line.

Dear Cameron,

I have read with interest your ongoing blog posts about the Building Service Contractors New Zealand and their preferred position for government tenders. As a small company in the service sector, it appalls me that the National Government has allowed this situation to continue.

I?m keen to grow my business and would like to apply for government tenders, but as a small business I do not want to have to fork over hard-earned revenue to an organisation (BSCNZ) that, in my view, offers very little to me or my company.

I was very interested to see the Government undertake a review of the BSCNZ membership requirement, and hoped that small NZ companies like mine would have an equal opportunity to win new business by way of government contracts.

To see the BSCNZ managers fly around the world, secure in the knowledge they have government contracts all tucked up for their paid-up member?s benefit, is nothing but offensive to those who want to stand on the merits of their own work and service offering. ? Read more »

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 »