14 Feb 2009

American Samoa treasury clamps down on ghost workers

7:25 am on 14 February 2009

The American Samoan treasurer, Magalei Logovii, says employees working on Monday, which is a public holiday, will have to personally sign for their pay cheques on the day.

He says employees are usually paid on the Friday before the holiday weekend, but he says paying them later is an attempt to smoke out ghost employees who get their pay, but don't report to work.

Magalei suspects some workers are clocking in those who don't come to work and in turn receive that day's pay.

He says he discussed the plan to delay the issuing of pay cheques till Monday with the Governor who gave his full support.

However, the delay has angered a lot of workers who say they are being penalised by the actions of a few.