Archive for March 2017

Tony Guilfoyle and Michael Williamson – Wife on Payroll

One of the many frauds Michael Williamson carried on at the HSU was bogus payments to a business called CANME.

The payments amounted to over $300,000 in 4 years.

In reality, these were just payments to his wife, Julie. When questioned, Williamson claimed that they related to work Julie Williamson had performed pulling apart records held in storage so that they could be scanned for a proposed union history.

Julie Williamson claimed that she spent 60 hours a week doing this and the job was “very dirty”. She added “I felt I should have been charging $200 per hour as the work was downright disgustingly filthy”.

Yes, it must have been awful.

In the agreed statement of fact Michael Williamson gave to police before being convicted and jailed he accepted that this work was not done by his wife and that CANME was not involved in any sorting or scanning of union files.

There were always rumours that Guilfoyle’s wife, Cindy, (and Mark Cooper’s wife) were being paid by City Tatts, allegedly for work done at home. This was in the distant past, maybe 15 years ago or more, so we don’t have definite facts to hand.

Still, we’ll see what we can find out.

It has been clear for a long time that there is something very wrong with the City Tatts wage bill. It’s just too high. Even allowing for the inflated salaries we know about (Tony Guilfoyle, Mark Cooper, Jan Ellks etc) it’s still too high, by at least half a million.

And payroll has always been a very touchy subject inside City Tatts.

A few years ago, a personnel manager accidentally got into the files showing the wages paid to Guilfoyle’s inner circle. She was sacked the following day.

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Tony Guilfoyle and Michael Williamson – Winning Elections

As previously mentioned, Michael Williamson won his first HSU election by a very narrow margin.

This close call seems to have prompted him to improve his election performance.

At the next election he won by a landslide, even though opposition to him had grown. Normally the union would receive about 300 to 400 votes a day during the two week period of the ballot. On one day during this ballot 2500 votes came in.

Tony Guilfoyle faced his first major challenge from members in 2006, just 2 years into his stint as CEO.

In response, he made the strangest decision ever made by a club CEO under pressure – he changed the Returning Officer handling the club’s ballots!

He decided to dump the NSW Electoral Office and appoint a man called Phillip Binns.

What makes this truly bizarre is that Binns worked for the NSW Electoral Office at the time. He was using his wife’s name, Ema Esteves, to do election jobs on the side. In fact, he built up his business by taking work from the NSW Electoral Office.

Cheating your employer in this fashion has to be a criminal offence. Patrick Campion is a solicitor, maybe he would know.

After Binns was appointed, every election and every vote went Guilfoyle’s way.

Binns still handles all City Tatts ballots to this day.

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Why Dooleys sacked Marcelo Veloz

Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club sacked Marcelo Veloz because he was involved in a number of rorts at the club.

We checked this out from every possible angle and there’s no mistake.

After an internal investigation found numerous “irregularities”, Veloz was given a choice: leave quietly or we call the police.

This is not really a secret. It is common knowledge around Dooleys. Once you knew where to look, and what to look for, it’s wasn’t hard to find.

And his departure was not the result of a personality clash or office politics or anything like that. We checked.

Is it really possible that Mark Cooper didn’t know all this?

Senior management at Dooleys avoid talking about the whole affair. But then that is absolutely normal in the club industry.

Just recall Campion’s idiotic explanation when Guilfoyle was sacked, along with Kirsty Assad.

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Oh No! Dooleys Catholic Club sacked Marcelo Veloz

Yes, Marcelo Veloz was sacked by Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club back in 2013.

Like many people, we always thought it a bit strange that the general manager of a large successful club like Dooleys would just quit.

Well he didn’t quit. He was sacked.

And why?

Details to follow shortly.

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Tony Guilfoyle and Michael Williamson – Using Members Money on Legal Fees

Michael Williamson was elected secretary of the New South Wales HSU by a very narrow margin in 1995.

By the time of the next election in 1999 his opponents had extra ammunition.

They tried to warn members that he was using his union credit card for personal luxuries like designer handbags, jewellery, shoes, perfume and a whole lot more.

All of that was true.

And how did Williamson react?

He sued them for defamation – and won!

He forced them to settle, with a non-disclosure clause, because he had unlimited union funds to continue the action, and his opponents didn’t.

Guilfoyle did exactly the same at City Tatts when he was challenged by members.

Guilfoyle repeatedly spent members money on legal fees to secure his own position. In his time as CEO he spent over $1 million in legal fees, a criminal waste for any club. Probably three quarters of this was to protect himself. This was one of the reasons he lasted so long.

But there is one big difference at City Tatts.

The club rules have a provision precisely to prevent this kind of abuse. Clause 19.1 states that the Committee are not indemnified for costs that are due to “the negligent, reckless or intentional act or omission of a Committee Member or employee”.

Most of the money Guilfoyle spent protecting his own position falls squarely under these headings.

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Can you hear the train?

Can you hear the train in the distance?

We can hear a faint rumbling.

It’s getting closer.

Can’t be far away now.

The Marshmallow is starting to quiver.

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Will Winston Langley advise City Tatts?

Some people think Winston Langley will be asked to advise on the stalled City Tatts property development.

Marcelo Veloz is a big fan of Winston Langley for clubs attempting a property development.

We’re not so sure, given their track record.

Winston Langley have been involved in some of the most disastrous club property developments in recent times.

And by disastrous we mean for members. Sometimes the developer did quite well from the deal.

They were the original mover in the attempt to develop the Balmain Leagues Club site. It was rejected repeatedly by planning authorities. Apart from being a complete disaster as a building project, some of the financial deals were highly controversial, to put it mildly.

Bronte RSL was another Winston Langley project. This also was initially rejected by Waverley Council. And again some of the deals done by the developer seem to be a bit .. unusual.

But we think Winston Langley will stay well away from City Tatts.

Even for them, we predict City Tatts would be way too hot to handle.

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