5 Sep 2007

Samoa minimum wage under review

3:27 pm on 5 September 2007

The minimum wage for more than 10,000 private sector workers in Samoa is under review.

The last increase was approved by the government just before the general elections in March last year.

On that occasion the minimum wage for non government workers was increased from 60 US cents to 85 US cents.

The acting chief executive officer of the Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Trade, Isaia Lameko, says Samoa has joined the International Labour Organisation and this requires it to review the minimum wage every 12 months.

The acting CEO says submissions has been called from employers and individuals for their opinions on whether the current minimum wage should be increased or remain.

However, Mr Lameko says a final decision will be made by Cabinet in three months time.