19 Feb 2014

Samoa government moves to avert industrial action by teachers

2:51 pm on 19 February 2014

The retirement age and salary benefits for Samoa's teachers are some of the issues the government is looking at after threats of industrial action by teachers on Savaii.

The teachers expressed concern they will be required to retire once they reach 60 years of age.

Unpaid salary increases is another issue for the teachers.

The prime minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says while the government is now looking at a retirement age of 55 it could look at an extension of service for those still fit and qualified to continue working.

The CEO of the ministry, Matafeo Tanielu Aiafi, says he would be the first to lead an industrial action but teachers must first consider the results their students achieve.

He says in 2012 and last year some colleges in Savaii failed to get any students into the National University's preparatory year and he claims this shows some teachers are not performing.