29 Jun 2009

American Samoans to petition Obama over minimum wage hike

1:32 pm on 29 June 2009

A campaign is to be launched in American Samoa to collect as many signatures as possible for a petition to be sent to President Barack Obama over the minimum wage increases.

The Chamber of Commerce President, David Robinson, says the petition which will be spearheaded by the Chamber, is being organised at the request of Governor Togiola Tulafono and will involve the Department of Commerce, the longline fishing association, the Office of Samoan Affairs and other agencies.

Mr Robinson says the main objective is to do away with the federal law which mandated annual increases to the minimum wage.

He said the president will also be asked to roll back wage hikes which have already been implemented.

Mr Robinson said the groups involved are fed up with the wage increases and action is needed to save the territory.

Governor Togiola is to present the petition to the president when he travels to Washington D.C. in August.