Ready for action

Ready for action

This is me today. Ready for action!

I have a lot on my plate today and I’m not referring to my dinner.

I speak often about the role of a union rep and the added work that involves. Today is no exception. Quite a few meetings and some problem solving to do.

The thing is at the same time I am still expected to accomplish the day job. After all that is what I’m paid for.

However when the statement at the end of the year comes in rating union reps in the workplace supervision’s , it’s always “achieved the required standard”.

Yes it is very much a thankless task and one that is a bit like career suicide. Oh hang on a LOT like career suicide.

Would I stop doing it?

No.

Why?

Because the ability to speak out for people who can’t find their voice is indeed the most powerful reward I get.

I also found my own voice.

Credits:-

Britney outfit from {MN} at the Hashtag Anniversary

Angel and Demon tattoo Hashtag Anniversary

Rare eyes  from A R T E

Sweet gloss from A R T E

Tropical eyeshadow from A R T E

Shelly hair from Analog Dog

Catya bento head from CATWA

Angel shape for the Catya head LizBitz

Lara mesh body Maitreya

Christy dark skin Lara Hurley

Shot on location at La Vie

I need a stiff drink

I need a stiff drink

This week I’m on another week long H&S course. It’s the most intense week I’ve had in a long time and the first time I’ve actually considered I’d rather be at work.

Why?

Because the tutor sucketh on a grand scale.

He has so much knowledge but too much opinion and if I hear one more Thatcher reference I will combustulate.

I don’t give a diddly squat about Thatcher or May or Corbyn right now.

All I’m interested in is becoming the best rep I can be and helping my colleagues.

Passing my accreditation would help.

I think the one aspect of unions I find difficult is the intense political BS that some unionists love to shove down your throat.

Don’t get me wrong I believe in the labour way and unionisation. I’m just referring to the select group who believe they’re only accountable by political belief.

Thatcher is dead and it’s 2018 now. Life has moved forward and we have to deal with what’s here and now. I’m here to learn, so damn well teach me!

Credits:-

Leandra dress from  LIZIAAH now at the Designer Showcase (from the 5th June)

Rare eyes  from A R T E

Oline lipstick from A R T E

Glitter eyeshadow from A R T E

Outside the lines hair from Exile

Catya bento head from CATWA

Angel shape for the Catya head LizBitz

Lara mesh body Maitreya

Christy dark skin Lara Hurley

GDPR, Unions and thank you -Coffee with Isa

GDPR, Unions and thank you -Coffee with Isa

In todays Coffee I have a few things to say (Lets face it when do I not?)

One of the subjects I am going to touch on is GDPR and what it could mean to videographers. And when I say “what it could” it means literally that.

I am no expert but I have considered a number of things on the road of GDPR and one of them relates to You Tube channels, photographs potentially, even Facebook if I think about it.

One of the requirements of GDPR is that all personal data should be anonymised wherever possible. Basically meaning any information whereby it becomes possible to identify an individual should be removed from a data set or encrypted so that individual remains anonymous. That also includes any individual who collects and or processes data of any individuals from the EU. Be it by direct association or indirect association.

They are under the obligation to inform the data subject and in turn self report to the data protection authorities.

In Coffee with Isa, you will understand why I am raising this because this poses some interesting questions.

Linden Lab have also now put on their website information about GDPR and are committed to ensuring residents are aware of the GDPR. You can read this information here and I highly recommend you do especially when you consider what I am talking about surrounding GDPR in todays video

Video:-

Credits:-

Simone outfit from Legendaire

Agata hair from Fabia

Sweet gloss lips from A R T E

Budding nail polish from Cazim at the Designer Showcase

Kimberley bento head from CATWA

Evie shape for the CATWA Kimberley head LizBitz

Lara mesh body Maitreya

Christy dark skin Lara Hurley

Shot on location at my home

Hung parliament

Hung parliament

Well fetch me a bag of popcorn as I sit on this bus waiting to know what happens next.

I was hoping to see a landslide exit of the conservatives, but I’m guessing this doesn’t mean this dream is happening.

I’m labour and proud, but then I’m a strong unionist and have been since I started work. I believe in equal rights and fair work and pay conditions. 

Last year I suffered a huge data breach which was separate from my online hacking experience. 

As a trade unionist I represented a woman who in 2015 went on to commit suicide as a result of work place issues. I did my best and it wasn’t enough. I was witness in a coroners court and had to provide statements about what her experiences were and asked if I believed work  had contributed to her decision to take her life. 

100% it did!

Her suicide letter was quite clear “I did this because of work”.

Then in April 2016 whilst doing a freedom of information request on myself I found out the most devastating news. My employer had in 2015 just after I had attended coroners court, basically hacked my emails at work and all the confidential files I hold as a union officer. 

I was devastated. Their reasons? Because they thought I had supplied information to the press on the suicide. Public record. 

No what they were doing is called damage limitation because they knew from the coroners court that the family were holding them accountable. So it was a matter of let’s  find dirt on this trade union rep and shift the blame. It never worked because they found nothing. But what it did do was give them access to highly confidential information they had no rights to.

I reported them to the information commissioner and they found the employer breaking data protection laws. 3 weeks ago they emailed me to say they again found them in further breach.

So to know labour is stronger again, gives me a positive. Because the employer I work for is a mostly conservative employer. We all know the conservatives don’t like unions. After all they made it so low paid workers would have to pay for tribunal claims.

So today I smile and think there is a little light.

And today I walk into work with knowledge as of yesterday I accepted Unite unions offer to act for them. 

So labour you are beginning to rock again.
 

Credits:-

Marcy outfit which includes, top, shorts and shoes from Hilly Haalan available now at the Designer Showcase

Eden hair from [elikatira]

Catya bento head from CATWA

Angel shape for the Catya head LizBitz

Lara mesh body Maitreya

Christy dark skin Lara Hurley

Photo taken at Phabolaois stran

Budget like a housewife

I’m staring out the bus right now and wondering about this day ahead.

I’ve been called into meetings about restructures so many times in the past year. Average redundancy is around 20-40  each time.

That’s a hell of a lot of skills lost and people who will have mortgages and families to worry about. Two of these people in the pool could potentially be a couple. If they both lose their jobs? Doesn’t bear thinking about the devastation that family would suffer.

This is the reality.

This is happening everywhere and has been ongoing a few years now. But seems to be increasing.

The more people you lose from the public sector the less capable the services become. It’s a false economy slashing jobs to save money. 

The wise would have been preparing in the good times for the bad times. That’s what every healthy wise budget person does. But of course the government? 

Well I’ll leave that thought with you while I laugh at their unwise highly paid financial decision makers.

Budget like a housewife and you may just get it!