Samoa: Businesses prefer to cut working hours than to lay off employees

Author: Radio New Zealand, Published on: 16 April 2020

"Samoa businesses forced to cut hours for staff", 7 April 2020

Hundreds of businesses in Samoa have been forced to cut working hours of staff because of loss of revenue due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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...[M]ajority of the businesses have preferred to cut working hours rather than laying off employees as the latter would place them at a financial disadvantage.

But the president [of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce] has revealed to the minister that some of the chamber's members are considering closure or downsizing their work force should the situation worsen soon.

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce is calling on the government to provide relief assistance to keep business afloat and stimulate the economy during these difficult times.

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