1 Mar 2019

American Samoa's StarKist defends hiring Samoan nationals

6:38 pm on 1 March 2019

A major tuna cannery in American Samoa is defending the hiring of hundreds of workers from neighbouring Samoa.

American Samoa in January re-instated a guest worker scheme to help StarKist Samoa, the territory's largest private employer.

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Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller

The governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, said at the time he had asked the company to prioritise American Samoa nationals when recruiting.

But last week StarKist announced it was recruiting 200 Samoans as fish cleaners under the guest worker scheme.

A senior official with the company, Taotasi Archie Soliai, said there was little interest in the jobs locally.

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