17 Oct 2016

Samoa union hopes workers will be protected after mass layoff

From , 6:02 am on 17 October 2016

Samoa First Union says discussions with Yazaki EDS Samoa are underway to ensure that employees are looked after when the company shuts down next year.

The automotive component manufacturer which is Samoa's largest private sector employer, announced this week that it will close operations putting 740 people out of work.

The company says the closure is due to the car manufacturing industry in Australia winding up.

The Union's Co-ordinator, Jerome Mika, says the company's president, Craig O'Donohue, has a strong commitment to looking after the Yazaki employees who will be left without jobs next year.

He spoke to Indira Stewart.

Jerome Mika

Jerome Mika Photo: Twitter