23 Jun 2008

American Samoan cannery cuts 70 jobs

1:27 pm on 23 June 2008

Del Monte Foods has reduced the numbers employed at StarKist Samoa in Pago Pago by 70 positions.

StarKist vice president of operations, Barry Mills, told the government's Tax Exemption Board hearing in April that the company would reassign several employees and lay off 100 workers in an effort to offset increased labor costs due to the minimum wage increases.

StarKist continues to recruit workers from Samoa under the guest worker permit law.