23 Jul 2009

American Samoan delegation heads Washington with a petition on wages issue

11:47 am on 23 July 2009

An American Samoan delegation will head to Washington next week to give President Barack Obama a petition asking for a wage law repeal.

The delegation, which will be led by Governor Togiola Tulafono, wants the US to rescind the law which will raise the territory's minimum wage to the federal US level.

8,000 signatures have been collected, well short of the 20,000 that organisers had hoped in their bid to keep wages low for businesses to remain profitable.

The president of the Chamber of Commerce, David Robinson, says the tally is short of the target.

"I'm very disappointed, as I have said on a number of occasions, about the fact that the private sector, the business community, hasn't got behind this petition at all, and the response has been extremely poor."

David Robinson.