Morocco Sets Age of Domestic Workers at 16

Rabat – The commission of Justice, Legislation and Human Rights of the House of Councilors has resumed discussions over the domestic workers bill, according to news magazine Telquel.In the presence of Employment and Social Affairs Minister, Abdesalam Seddiki, parliamentarians discussed the bill and voted for 12 amendments out of the 21 available.The bill stipulates the signing of a compulsory contract between the employer and the domestic worker with an 8-day trial period in addition to the obtaining of a medical certificate that proves the employee’s good health. In an attempt to end the work of little maids, the bill stipulates, among other revisions, the prohibition of employing domestic workers under the age of 16.The first bill passed by the government in March 2013 called for a minimum age of 15. When consulted, the National Council for Human Rights had recommended in November 2013 that the minimum age should be set at 18. An opinion also shared by the Economic and Social Council.According to Telquel, the discussion are expected to resume on January 5th in order to discuss matters such as the minimum wage for the domestic workers, leave, severance pay, etc. Once voted, the text will be returned to the House of Representatives for adoption. read more

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Wenco signs its largest ever deal at four CIL coal mines

In what is officially the largest deal in company history, Wenco International Mining Systems has secured a contract for the supply and installation of Wenco’s Fleet Management System (FMS) to four of Coal India Ltd’s (CIL) mines. Sonepur Bazari, Gevra, Kusmunda, and Dipka will receive implementation of Wenco’s FMS to monitor and control a total of 40 shovels and 224 trucks. Sonepur Bazari is part of CIL’s subsidiary, Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL). ECL has 17 opencast mines in total. The Sonepur Bazari project has a projected mine life of 46 years.Gevra, Kusmunda, and Dipka are part of CIL’s subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL), which is the largest coal producing company in India, with a total of 21 opencast mines.Wenco’s Fleet Management System will monitor the position of mobile mining equipment at each of the mines, optimising the use and performance of the equipment. Of note the system shall organise the dispatch of the trucks between the shovels, excavators and dump points of the mines, improving the availability and utilisation of the heavy equipment.In addition, the system will use its fuel and lube management feature to monitor and record fleet consumption by recording data dispensed from fuel stations and mobile fuel service vehicles.Fleet health data will also be captured using onboard interfaces to Wenco’s rugged Octagon computer installed on the equipment. The Octagon will facilitate the polling and capturing of signals from vital signs monitoring systems. Wenco’s suite of machine health applications, Onboard Insight, Eventing System, and Maintenance Monitor help prevent equipment failures and cost over-runs with polling and alarm-notifications from onboard OEM sensors and system data.“The contract explicitly stated that the successful supplier would provide an industry standard ODBC compliant technology,” says Garth Connal, VP Sales for Wenco, “Wenco’s open architecture philosophy will enable CIL the integration of Wenco’s system with their ERP system for data import and export related to production, equipment performance and manpower attendance.” read more

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