5 Apr 2011

Starkist considers reinstating benefits in American Samoa

3:38 pm on 5 April 2011

Starkist's tuna cannery in American Samoa hasn't ruled out bringing back benefits for its employees.

Governor Togiola Tulafono has offered the US based company tax concessions and assistance following expressions of commitment to the territory by Starkist CEO, In Soo Cho.

The company got rid of most benefits for its employees when the minmum wage was raised three years ago.

Its local general manager Brett Butler says whatever they do, it's important the company remains competitive.

"I think those considerations are still out there and we'll be looking at that but nothing in stone has been promised with that respect."

Brett Butler says Starkist has made some dramatic moves in the last few years to be able to employ more people and the government's tax incentives will help keep its local operation competitive.