4 May 2007

Industrial dispute at Samoa's LAUTV

6:04 pm on 4 May 2007

Staff at Samoa's commercial television station, LAUTV, are staying out of work to protest against the late payment of their salaries in the past two weeks.

It has been reported that staff are also disappointed with the late payment of their National Provident Fund contributions.

The owner and CEO of LAUTV, Tuiasau Leota Uelese Petaia, told our Samoan correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, that it's only the news crew who are not at work this week, and the rest of the staff are still working.

"I ask him when are they going to be back to work and he said, well, that's his business...and he said his staff are still paid...that's what he said. But the newspaper report is quoting one of the technician who is the president of the staff association saying that they are doing this protest just to let the CEO know that they are so sick and tired of this.."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the LAUTV staff association submitted a letter to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour to raise their concerns about the situation.