AMERICAN SAMOA TIGHTENS LABOR REGULATIONS

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 2, 2000 – Radio Australia)---American Samoa has moved to tighten regulations governing the importation of foreign workers for the territory's garment industry.

The action was taken as the result of a series of labor problems associated with garment-maker Daewoosa Samoa, which has a significant number of workers from Vietnam.

American Samoa's governor Tauese Sunia said the territorial government will no longer accept 'surety bonds' from garment companies that want to hire foreign workers.

Instead, garment manufacturers now must post a cash bond for each foreign worker that is sufficient to fully cover the sponsor's obligations, including return airfares.

The governor said if prospective employers are unwilling or unable to meet these conditions, they are not wanted in American Samoa.

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