30 Sep 2010

US Senate votes for deferral of Pacific minimum wage hike

7:37 am on 30 September 2010

The US Senate has passed by unanimous consent a bill delaying the next 50 cent increase in the minimum wages in American Samoa and the CNMI.

The bill must go back to the House of Representatives and American Samoa's delegate in the US Congress Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says it should be on the House calendar tomorrow.

Since 2007, minimum wages in the two US territories have been incrementally hiked by 50 cents each year.