Linda Fitzhardinge Out!

Yes, Linda Fitzhardinge is gone!

Here at the City Tatts Information Desk we are very sad to hear of her departure. She was a source of endless amusement to us (See Johny Bineham, where are you?).

But it is not a complete surprise.

You may recall she lost out to Paul Cavallaro for Vice Chair in May. And she did not attend the AGM.

So straight away we suspected she might have quit in protest.

She does have form in this area. A few years back she thought she was a certainty for Vice Chair, because she was the committee’s choice. When she lost out to Wendy Fisher she was so angry she stopped attending committee meetings for a while.

Anyway this time she is gone for good.

There’s so much to say on this one we don’t know where to start!

Stay tuned.

City Tatts Information Desk

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Marcelo Veloz and Tony Guilfoyle – Personnel policy

One of the interesting comments from members at the AGM was that Marcelo Veloz remimded them very much of Tony Guilfoyle. As one member put it “Watching Veloz going through his powerpoint presentation he looked and sounded just like Guilfoyle“.

This started us thinking because we had already noticed many alarming similarities between the two.

Let’s start with something that’s in the news so to speak, their personnel policy.

Tony Guilfoyle’s personnel policy has been documented on this blog for many years (See previous blog Another one bites the dust). He continually brought in new people on inflated salaries who were usually inferior to the existing staff they replaced, and often completely useless.

And why did he do this?

Because the existing staff were a real problem for him. They knew he was a disaster and had no loyalty to him. Bringing in his own new people at inflated salaries was meant to solve both of these problems.

And, on the flipside, people were not sacked because they couldn’t do their job. People were sacked because they were a threat to Guilfoyle, or of no use to his personal agenda.

INCREDIBLY, VELOZ IS DOING EXACTLY THE SAME – AND FOR THE SAME REASONS!

Veloz brought in Jodie Blues, Daniel Graham, Pete the Painter etc. etc. not because City Tatts needed someone in that position, but because Veloz wanted his own people around him.

He knows City Tatts staff have very little regard for him. They see him as someone of limited ability who bluffed his way into the CEO role. They also know how vindictive he can be. And, of course, they know he was sacked from Dooleys for rorting the club.

The key point with both Veloz and Guilfoyle is that hiring and firing decisions are not done in the interests of City Tatts. They are done to further the personal agenda of the CEO.

City Tatts Information Desk


Online Dating is a safer option!

When you are in a position of trust the first rule should be: Don’t bite the hand that feeds.

The second rule should be: Don’t screw the crew.

Breaking both of these rules is just bad business.

Kristina St. Vincent screwed the crew in the shape of Gordon the married Duty Manager. When Gordon didn’t want to play anymore Kristina got nasty and bullied him out the door.

She also bullied another staff member who also left because of the bullying and harassment. This has been well documented and really doesn’t need any further airplay here.

We know Marcelo Veloz sacked Kristina St. Vincent while she was on annual leave for her dalliances with the boys. But isn’t this a little hypocritical?

Long standing Dooleys Catholic Club staff have a very interesting tale to tell. This involves a young lass who worked in the reception area of the club when Veloz was General Manager. We are still getting the details but let’s just say it involves, shall we say, her termination.

The Dooleys sources are impeccable and want this story told because they think Veloz’s actions are hypocritical to say the least.

We can’t wait until the sources return with the full details.

City Tatts Information Desk


Did anyone see Sammy Johnson in City Tatts recently?

What was Sammy Johnson from Southern Cross Group doing in the club a few days ago?

Why would Veloz have him in the place unless they were hatching a plan? After all one is a contractor and the other is a club manager (not a very good one, we must say).

Now what would have brought these two fleas together? You know the saying, birds of a feather flock together …….

What this translates to is two thieves who see a chance and will go for it. Sam is the contractor and Veloz the manager. If Sam gets a contract from the place Veloz manages Sam will send Veloz an invoice for work performed and Veloz will pay for the work.

But what if Sam does some work but charges, say, for a little bit more, then a little more again and even a bit more again?

See what we mean? And do you think Mark Cooper or Milorad Sekuljica would know, or do anything about it? You only have to look at the club’s balance sheet for the answer. After all the club owes a Chinese developer $19 million dollars because these two did nothing about the excessive spending, largesse and thieving of previous management. So why is this going to even raise an eyebrow?

What Mark Cooper will do is snigger, shake his head and pretend to show disdain but that is as far as it will go because he is weak and complicit, just a puppet. But then so was Kristina St. Vincent and look what happened to her.

Let’s see how this one plays out. We will be very interested to see just what contracts are granted to Southern Cross Group.

City Tatts Information Desk


Veloz throws Poison Ivy under the bus! (4)

There is no doubt the Queen of Poisonous Culture was a nasty piece of work.

And her vendetta against the former partner of her current beau was purely personal.

BUT IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT SOMETIMES WHEN SHE HARASSED AN INNOCENT EMPLOYEE AT CITY TATTS, SHE WAS ACTING ON INSTRUCTIONS FROM MARCELO VELOZ!

Yes, while Veloz was going around smiling like a used car salesman, and telling everyone what they want to hear, he was instructing Poison Ivy, the alleged “Head of People & Culture” to harass employees so that they would be intimidated into leaving.

Sometimes he wanted to get of someone because he thought they might be a source for the blogs. The union rep who was sacked falls into this category. And sometimes it was hard to tell why he wanted to get rid of someone.

But once he took a dislike to someone, for whatever reason, HE WOULD OFTEN INSTRUCT POISON IVY TO HARASS THAT UNFORTUNATE EMPLOYEE TO THE POINT OF FORCING THEM TO QUIT.

This has gone on almost since he started at City Tatts, and is still going on today.

City Tatts Information Desk


Veloz throws Poison Ivy under the bus! (3)

There is another aspect to the sudden departure of Poison Ivy – money.

The club has no money. We don’t really need to tell you that. Borrowing from the property developer could only mean they are desperate.

The word is that her replacement is not a “Head of People & Culture” (that’s a relief!) but some lesser role.

In other words, they can’t afford to pay the inflated salary necessary to attract someone who would want that title.

City Tatts Information Desk


Veloz throws Poison Ivy under the bus! (2)

The Queen of Poisonous Culture, Kristina St. Vincent, was sacked mainly because of the blogs about her.

It’s impossible to understand anything Veloz does at City Tatts until you know how much the blogs affect him. He thinks about them every day.

And who could blame him?

Right from the start the blogs have been his biggest problem at City Tatts. Obviously, exposing his sacking from Dooleys for rorting the club was a severe blow, just when he thought he had finally rehabilitated himself into the club industry. But even worse, the blogs have exposed the venom and skulduggery behind his “come and have a coffee with me” facade.

Which would explain his threat, within a few months of starting at City Tatts, to sack anyone who talked to the bloggers.

You can decide for yourself how well that threat worked out.

So the last thing Veloz needed was this crazy bitch drawing attention to the toxic environment in the club.

Her replacement is already lined up so we know Veloz was planning this for a while. Which means that within a few weeks of Poison Ivy being featured on the blogs Veloz had already decided she had to go.

Also, he was worried that she might turn on him some day.

City Tatts Information Desk