9 May 2007

Committee in American Samoa to iron out Governor's guest worker permit

9:01 am on 9 May 2007

Members of American Samoa's Senate and House of Representatives will meet this week in a conference committee to agree on a final version of the Governor's guest worker permit legislation.

The original legislation said that foreign nationals from Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau and other Pacific islands could work in the territory in the cannery, call centre and manufacturing industry.

The Senate passed its amendment saying that only workers from Samoa are allowed to enter the territory to work at the canneries.

However, the House's version, which was passed yesterday morning, says that only workers from Samoa, Tonga and Tokelau are allowed in the program to work at the canneries and call centres.

Its version also limits the use of the guest worker permits for employees hired by the canneries and call centres but removes other manufacturing companies.

The conference committee's final version will go Governor Togiola Tulafono for review.