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Tensor supports PC’s for schools in Africa

Tensor is supporting a project by Nazir Jessa, Chairman of Watford Electronics Ltd., to donate any out-of-date PC systems to schools in Africa, mainly in Tanzania and Kenya. Nazir needs to collect a sufficient quantity of half-reasonable systems (unfortunately, PC’s beyond repair or 386’s will not be of much use) to fill five 20 feet containers. As an extra incentive for business, the donation of old PC’s will take away their costly responsibility under the EU Disposal of Electronic Waste directive and at the same time help African children with their school work. His Excellency Hassan Gumbo Kibelloh, the Tanzanian High Commissioner in the UK, has made a special plea to UK businesses, impressing the grave situation facing schools in Tanzania due to an acute shortage of Text books and PC’s. He has explained that the Internet is the only way of downloading information that text books would normally provide; but without computers this is impossible. He has given an undertaking that any containers loaded with second-hand PC’s arriving at the port of Daressalaam will be given "Special Clearance" without any hindrance from the tax collectors. All transportation costs of the containers to Africa will be paid for by Watford Electronics Ltd. Nazir has received assurances from friends and colleagues in Tanzania and Kenya that once the goods are off loaded, that they will assist in refurbishing the machines and the hard drives at no cost to the schools. Computers will be distributed to various schools in Tanzania that have mains electricity "on tap" as a gift from private businesses of the UK. Tensor will be donating PC’s and is also asking any other UK businesses with surplus PC’s to do likewise. The procedure is simple, · Email Nazir Jessa at of your intentions · Arrange delivery of the PC’s to Watford town (only 10 minutes drive from M1 Junction 5), which will be used as a collection point in the first instance.If you wish to deliver five or less systems, then you can deliver the PC’s to Watford Electronics Ltd. in Luton Once the PC’s are in place, Nazir will have photos of the happy faces of the children on a Website for you all to see. If any of the donating companies would like to visit the recipient schools to see their ‘donation at work’, then they will be most welcome.

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Partnering Deal With Sanderson’s Announced

Sanderson, the leading UK-owned management software provider, has announced a partnership agreement with Tensor plc for the supply of Smart Card based Time & Attendance and Access Control systems to their customers. The collaboration deal provides enhanced Time & Attendance capabilities for users of Sanderson’s Unity and Formul8 software management systems. The agreement also includes the supply of Tensor’s sub-dermal fingerprint reading biometric equipment and software which is particularly effective in security focused environments, such as the MOD, printing, private document management, food processing, nuclear and defence. Tensor has also included extra software features that help Sanderson’s customers to easily meet the requirements of the EEC Working Time Directive, including keeping track of the number of hours an employee should legally work and ensuring that shift breaks and rest periods are taken within the specified guidelines. Commenting on the partnership, Peter Beer, General Manager, Sanderson, said: A major part of Sanderson’s corporate strategy is to work closely with other software vendors. This enables us to provide customers with additional and innovative functionality by taking advantage of the best technology available. The collaboration between Sanderson and Tensor will provide Sanderson customers with the latest in Employee Attendance recording, which combined with Unity and Formul8’s payroll and other employee related modules provides one of the most complete and accurate human resources support systems around.

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Working Time Directive Opt-out, The Story So Far

As we all know, the UK is the only country in the EEC to have an opt-out for workers who want to work more than 48-hours a week. While UK workers cannot be forced to work more than an average of 48-hours per week (normally calculated over 17-weeks), they can voluntarily enter into an opt-out agreement. This must be in writing and signed by the employee. The �opt-out� is due to finish in December 2003. The EEC will now, Undertake a study (due out October 2003-ish) on how the opt-out is being used in the UK. They will look at – overall usage by UK employers/employees – any abuse of the opt-out – relationship between the opt-out and workplace accidents Consult with the European Parliament and Council seeking their opinions and produce a report of recommendations (due out November 2003). The report is likely to – suggest no amendments to the existing opt-out OR – include legislative proposal amending the opt-out. The TUC are leaning on the Government to end the opt-out and the Government currently say they would like to keep it (but they may not get a choice!). The Government also want to be seen as �good Europeans� and simultaneously cabinet ministers criticise the UK�s �long working hours� culture. Separately, the trade union Amicus have brought an action in the European Court claiming the UK has incorrectly implemented unmeasured and partly unmeasured working time in the Working Time Directive. If successful this will affect white collar workers. Many people think it is only a matter of time before the UK looses it�s opt-out. Either way, employers (both public and private) need to make sure that they can prove the hours worked by employees. In practice this means accurately recording start and finish times and the easiest way to do this – is with a Smart Card.

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