26 Apr 2011

American Samoa workers face cut hours until July

11:35 am on 26 April 2011

Government workers in American Samoa who have had their working hours reduced will have to wait until July before the government's financial shortfall is addressed.

The Governor Togiola Tulafono has apologised to the employees, whose hours have been reduced, saying they will have to wait until the Legislature convenes in July to see if the Senate will change their mind on spending measures.

One measure that the Senate has put on hold is the bill that raises the excise tax on beer, alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco.

Togiola says the government continues to look at ways to reduce expenses on a daily basis as well as ways to save money in an effort to lift the reduction in working hours.