22 Feb 2018

Samoa govt ban on couples working together called slammed

5:52 am on 22 February 2018

A former Samoa police constable says a government directive banning married couples from working together in the force is discriminatory.

Samoan police headquarters in Apia

Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

Siloga Mauigoa, who was forced to resign because his wife is also a police officer, told the Samoa Observer only married couples were being targeted while those in de facto relationships were allowed to continue in their jobs.

The father of three, who served the force for seven years said that was unfair.

The Observer reported 23 married couples had been affected by the order which was issued in November last year by the prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

It said the Samoa Public Service Commission had always had a regulation prohibiting married couples from working for the same government ministry but it was the first time it had been applied to the constabulary.