17 Dec 2019

Samoa increases minimum wage by 30 percent

1:57 pm on 17 December 2019

Samoa's government has increased the country's minimum wage by 30 percent.

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Photo: RNZ

Cabinet has approved an incremental increase from $WST2.30 per hour to $WST3.00 per hour, said a statement from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour.

That means the new hourly wage is about $US1.13.

The new rate will come into effect on 1 January.

While some workers have welcomed the increase, others are saying it is still far too low considering the cost of living in Samoa.