5 Oct 2011

American Samoa representative suggests local minimum wage law

8:36 am on 5 October 2011

A lawmaker in American Samoa is working on a bill that would have American Samoa's minimum wage increase every four years.

Representative Simei Pulu says the current federal government mandated minimum wage hike for American Samoa can no longer be halted, even if it is suspended for a period of time.

He says that he is working on legislation that would increase the local minimum wage by 50 cents per hour every four years.

He said this is his solution to this long standing issue - to have automatic wage hikes every four years instead of the current federal mandate.

He expects to have the bill introduced next year when the Fono returns for the third regular session.