5 Feb 2011

American Samoa government cuts workers hours to save money

1:56 pm on 5 February 2011

Locally funded employees of the American Samoa Government are to have their work hours cut.

Governor Togiola Tulafono says he's implementing the cuts because there's been no relief to the government's falling revenue.

The reductions will be staggered with those earning below twenty thousand US dollars facing a four hour reductions each fortnight, going through to those on wages above 62 thousand dollars having a 12 hour cut each two weeks.

Those exempted from the cuts are grant funded employees, two year contract specialists, and teachers, cooks, bus drivers and school janitors.

The government hopes to save over three million dollars.

The move comes as the Fono reviews legislation on the administration's plans to raise revenues to meet a ballooning shortfall.

The governor has said the shortfall is seven point two million dollars, but the treasurer says it could be more than 12 million.