19 Aug 2009

American Samoa Chamber says wage study needs wider community input

11:01 am on 19 August 2009

A federal team conducting a minimum wage impact study in American Samoa has been urged to gather input from the wider community.

The Government Accountability Office team have already held meetings with several government officials as part of a two week study.

Chamber of Commerce president, David Robinson, says input from churches, chiefs, village mayors, cannery workers and every person in the territory is necessary and if local residents are struggling to make ends meet the federal team should find out why.

The team will gather information on wages, employment, tax revenues, and social assistance programs.

The Government Accountability Office team will present their report to the Congress in April next year.