10 Apr 2017

No hour or wage cuts for most American Samoa politicians

3:55 pm on 10 April 2017

Employees of the American Samoa Legislature are to join other public servants in working a 7 hour day, instead of 8, to save the government money.

House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale and Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau.

House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale and Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau. Photo: RNZI/Monica Miller

The cutbacks were being made to offset reductions in government revenues, and delays in the receipt of federal funds.

But while the paychecks of Fono employees will be reduced, the Fono leaders, senators and representatives will not be affected.

House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale told KHJ News it was difficult to "touch" their salaries because they were set by law.

He had no comment when told the salaries of Governor and his deputy, which were also set by law, would be included in the reduction of paid hours.

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