Samoa PM Touts NZ Seasonal Jobs As Option For Workers Impacted By Cannery Closing

Samoa's PM said New Zealand's gov recently removed the cap on Pacific workers under the scheme, and farmers are calling for more workers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, January 09, 2017) – Samoa's prime minister has touted New Zealand's seasonal employers programme as an option for citizens who lost their jobs when an American Samoa cannery closed.

The Samoa Tuna Processors plant in Pago Pago partially shut down last month, leaving nearly 1,000 staff - the bulk of whom are from neighbouring Samoa - out of work.

Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said New Zealand's government recently removed the cap on Pacific Island workers under the scheme, and farmers are calling for more workers.

Tuilaepa also said new factory and hotel developments in Samoa had vacancies.

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