6 Mar 2008

American Samoa wants data to clarify wage policies

4:31 pm on 6 March 2008

The American Samoa member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, wants the federal government to collect data on key economic indices in the territory.

He has included this in legislation to halt so-called escalator clauses in the federal minimum wage law.

Faleomavaega says it has been more than a century since the US established political relations with American Samoa, yet there is still no viable process for measauring economic and labour market data.

He says without such data, there is no baseline to make calculated and informed decisions on minimum wage increases.

Two months ago he introduced legislation to halt the minimum wage hikes and a new amendment has now been added to the bill for clear data collection on a monthly basis for labour force.