13 Feb 2006

American Samoa governor rules out reduction in all government staff hours

2:23 pm on 13 February 2006

American Samoan Governor, Togiola Tulafono, says he has no plans to reduce working hours for government employees, as recommended by the Senate President Lolo M. Moliga.

Following January 31st when all non-medical staff at LBJ Medical Centre had their working hours reduced to 7 hours a day, Lolo informed the governor that it's only proper that the same policy is implemented for the entire government work force.

But, the governor says the suggestion is unfair on the public service.

Togiola says the entire government workforce should not be penalised or punished for the hospital's mistakes.

The reduction in working hours, as well as the elimination of 50 plus jobs, at the only medical centre in the territory is part of the LBJ board's cost saving measures.