Samoa's Tautua Party has called on the Salary Tribunal, which is currently looking at the possibility of a pay rise in the next budget, to focus on those at the lower end of the income ladder.
Tautua Samoa Party chairman, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, says they have been pushing this issue since the rise in inflation.
He says inflation has tripled in three years and those at the lower end of the income bracket are the most affected.
Lealailepule advocated leaving the salaries of ministers, including the Prime Minister, acting CEO's and CEO's at their current level.
He called for government to cut spending and only implement projects that are suitable for these hard economic times.