16 Feb 2009

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce rejects another study of wage rise implications

1:13 pm on 16 February 2009

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce President, David Robinson, says it's time for action and not another study.

Mr Robinson's comments are in response to news that the US Senate has passed an amendment to the stimulus bill requiring a study on the impact of past and pending increases to the American Samoa and CNMI minimum wages.

David Robinson says there's already been three studies on the topic and there's no time to waste on another.

He says the Chamber has begun collecting information that illustrates that people are losing jobs and businesses are hurting because of the wage hikes.

"I don't think we have the luxury of time to be waiting for another study, I think we to act quickly, I think we need to encourage the Fono to stop producing resolutions and start working with us all to produce some hard facts and figures that we can send to Congressman Faleomavaega for him to act appropriately and accordingly with his connections in Washington."