6 Jun 2007

American Samoan businesses urged to prepare for wage hikes

1:38 pm on 6 June 2007

The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce is urging local businesses to begin taking steps now to ascertain the impact of the federally imposed minimum wage increases.

The increases will go into effect at the end of next month.

The chamber has scheduled a meeting today to get feedback from members on the federal wage legislation and how they plan to cope with them.

The Chamber President David Robinson says some businesses are not taking the wage hikes seriously.

"There is no point in just leaving things to the last minute and then complaining that their business is just about bankrupt. They've got to prepare well in advance to look at their costs, look at their overheads generally and prepare to meet new challenges that probably some of them have never faced before in the business community."

David Robinson