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APIA, Samoa (November 10, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Samoa's Commissioner of Labor, Lemalu Tate Simi, has received a record number of requests calling for an additional increase in the country's minimum wage.

The current minimum wage of $20.50 a week was implemented two years ago.

Lemalu says a study carried out by the Samoa Worker's Union recently concludes that middle income families of up to ten people now need between $950 and $1,200 per month to enjoy an adequate standard of living.

The labor commissioner says a balance must be struck, however, because a significantly higher minimum wage could mean that some businesses would be forced to shut down and workers would lose their jobs.

A government-appointed committee, charged with making new minimum wage recommendations, is due to meet shortly.

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