8 Jun 2007

Employment issues beset private Samoan TV station

1:52 pm on 8 June 2007

There are more employee probems at Samoan TV station, LAU-TV.

The Samoa Observer quotes unnamed staff members as saying they were informed by the owner and Managing Director , Tuiasau Leota Uelese Petaia, that there will be redundancies.

The list of those who will be axed was to be announced the following day however as of yesterday, staff had heard nothing from the management

Earlier this year, staff sent a letter of complaint to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Accident Compensation Corporation and the SNPF

They complained of late payment of wages, and lack of contributions by their employer for their ACC and SNPF.

Staff levels are said to have fallen from a peak of about 40 since LAUTV started to less than half that.

Tuiasau said he would appear in Court June 19 to petition the National Provident Fund (SNPF) for an arrangement for the payment of contributions for staff

The station ceased broadcasting news several months ago, with the number of reporters dropping from a peak of eight to the present two.