20 Sep 2012

Samoa Port Authority says staff will not be laid off

10:03 am on 20 September 2012

The Samoa Port Authority says it will not lay off any staff as announced recently by opposition MP Levaopolo Talatonu.

The Samoa Ports Authority told Samoa media, the layoffs was a recommendation made in an internal report which looked at ways to cut spending given the reduced revenues for the department.

The Authority says after an internal review of the recommendations it has been decided that a layoff was not necessary.

Levaopolo who is the shadow Minister for the Authority, told the Samoa Observer this week the move for redundancy is a poor decision.

Levaopolo said in the last Parliamentary he urged the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, and the government to stop wasting money on the Satitoa Wharf and instead spend money on useful projects.

Levaopolo believes that if these monies were put to good use, Port workers would not be facing redundancies.