2 Dec 2016

Some American Samoa power workers to lose jobs

6:52 am on 2 December 2016

Employees of the American Samoa Power Authority have been told to expect significant cuts to jobs and services in February next year.

The executive director of the Authority, Utu Abe Malae, said the agency needs to cut $US150,000 a month from the payroll and goods and services.

He said ASPA had accumulated too many accounts payable over the years.

Utu says 12 years ago, ASPA had less than 300 workers, and it now had about 440.

Two years ago ASPA offered severance packages to some workers and while some staff took up the offer, Utu said the savings made were not sufficient.