19 Dec 2011

Further delay to American Samoa wage hike moves ahead

7:14 am on 19 December 2011

The U.S. Senate has approved federal legislation, which includes a provision to delay minimum wage increases for American Samoa until 2015.

The American Samoa congressional member, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says the bill has been approved and now goes to the U.S. House for consideration.

As the bill now moves to the House, Faleomavaega says two other issues - the monitoring of Runit Island and clarifying the temporary assignment of judges to courts of the Freely Associated States - have been included in the bill.

He says it remains to be seen whether or not the House will agree to pass legislation given these other provisions.

Minimum wage increases for American Samoa were delayed for 2010 and 2011 and the next hike is set for September 30, 2012.