The Department of Labour and Advanced Education has completed its investigation into the sudden closure of ServiCom, a call centre in Sydney, and found that former employees are owed pay. Affected employees are being sent correspondence this week, explaining the outcome of the investigation and the specific pay owing to them. The provincial government, through the director of Labour Standards and a former employee co-applicant, will make a court application for a bankruptcy order against ServiCom in Canada. If a bankruptcy order is made by the court, it will enable former employees to apply to the federal Wage Earner Protection Program. “We continue to do everything we can to recover wages owed, outstanding vacation pay and pay in lieu of notice of termination for former ServiCom employees,” said Business Minister Geoff MacLellan, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “Initiating a Canadian bankruptcy proceeding is the best course of action.” Under the federal program, each employee may be eligible to recover up to a maximum of $6,600. If a bankruptcy order is made by the court, a trustee will be appointed and will assist employees in accessing the Wage Earner Protection Program. The federal government will determine what pay claims qualify for the program and how much each claimant may receive. Initiating this bankruptcy process will not affect current operations for the new owner. “Thank you to MCI for helping facilitate communication with former ServiCom employees as we try to update them on what we’re doing to recover their unpaid wages,” said Mr. MacLellan. If former employees have not received correspondence by Tuesday, March 12, they can email [email protected] or call 902-424-8127 with the following information by Friday, March 15: full name current mailing address phone number the dates worked for ServiCom ServiCom employee ID # (if available)
Global seals and bearings supplier SKF states that its new @ptitude Connect software solution “gives engineers easy access to a cost-effective cloud computing resource for condition monitoring software that will improve plant efficiency.”SKF @ptitude Connect enables operations to implement plant-wide or enterprise-wide Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and/or Predictive Maintenance (PdM) program via the internet. Using the SKF cloud service, engineers can access machine data, analyse or display machine conditions and view printable diagnostic reports. SKF @ptitude Connect is suitable for all running equipment, such as fan systems, pump systems, compressors, and will benefit a wide range of industries, including mining.SKF @ptitude Connect addresses a common problem faced in many facilities, which is that there is not enough time or money to purchase and manage the required software. By using SKF @ptitude Connect to access subscription-based software customers can boost equipment reliability and availability without costly investment. “With SKF @ptitude Connect, customers can improve plant equipment reliability, increase equipment/asset availability and reduce initial capital investments for predictive maintenance programme start-up costs,” says Luis F Econom, Asset Diagnostic Services and Systems Engineering Manager.“The solution is also flexible in the sense that it is scalable to demand. It is about solving and saving.”SKF @ptitude Connect is compatible with SKF handheld or online condition monitoring data collection devices, enabling end-users to operate their CBM or PdM programs just as they would with on-site software, bringing reduced IT operating and maintenance costs. Compliant with ISO 27001 and SSAE16, SKF’s cloud protects data integrity in key areas of concern, such as data access, data transmission, data storage and data center access. Because the service is cloud-based, installation is fast, with operational availability typically achieved within days. This enables standardisation of machine condition diagnosis and analysis practices across multiple sites without the overhead costs of an operating system, servers, software upgrades, database licensing and backup systems.