3 Jul 2009

American Samoan bid to for Guam placement of redundant cannery workers

5:12 pm on 3 July 2009

A former American Samoan congressional candidate, Aumua Amata Coleman, has launched a bid to find jobs for workers set to lose their jobs when the Samoa Packing cannery closes in three months.

Aumua says she has been in touch with her contacts in the federal government and private business to try and find employment for the 2,000 people set to be laid off.

She says they are suited for work in Guam where the US is expanding its military bases.

"Adjustment ot island living stands to be much easier for workers and families who come from other tropical islands rather than from a mainland locale. And so they are very, very interested and they are interested in taking a look at folks who will be out of a jobs come October 1."

Aumua Amata Coleman