31 Aug 2010

American Samoa cannery says more jobs certain to go unless costs cut

1:39 pm on 31 August 2010

The American Samoa tuna cannery, StarKist, says additional layoffs are certain unless the territory can re-establish its global competitiveness.

The company made 380 workers redundant at the weekend, with up to another 420 jobs earmarked to go.

A spokesperson with StarKist's corporate office in Pittsburgh, Mary Sestric, says the additional layoffs are dependent on whether the company can get its costs down.

She says until American Samoa returns to its previous position as a globally competitive hub for the tuna industry, StarKist will continue with the cutbacks.

Meanwhile, she says the company has been considering new locations for

operations to keep costs as low as possible.

These include Samoa while a strategic alliance in Thailand has also been established.