16 Mar 2017

American Samoa Power Authority won't rush staff cuts

4:02 pm on 16 March 2017

The American Samoa Power Authority has decided not to rush into laying off staff or cutting working hours after its accounts payables dropped by nearly $US7 million over the past eight months.

Utu Abe Malae, chairman of the Territorial Bancorp Holding Company, which governs the government own Territorial Bank of American Samoa.

Utu Abe Malae Photo: RNZI / Fili Sagapolutele

Faced with mounting increase in accounts payable over the years, ASPA said last year that it was planning to make the cuts in the early part of 2017.

However, ASPA executive director Utu Abe Malae said this week that the authority was now approaching this serious issue systematically and did not want to rush.

He says ASPA was "promoting attrition first".

And if ASPA does move forward with cuts, Utu said an average of 80 employees from the 421-strong workforce would be directly affected.