American Samoa’s new governor halts govt pay rises

American Samoa’s new governor, Lemanu Peleti Mauga has ordered a halt on all pay will increase and conversion of positions from contract to profession service.

Lemanu defined that in an effort to management spending, there shall be a freeze of all pay will increase and conversion of positions from contract to profession service.

“In anticipation of reorganizing authorities features, the Director of Human Sources shall put together a report of all pay will increase and switch of positions from contract to profession service from January 1, 2019 to current,” he stated.

It was publicly introduced by former Governor Lolo Moliga final yr that contract positions can be transformed to profession service in order to guard job safety for the contract employees throughout the changeover in administration.

Lemanu Peleti Mauga
Picture: RNZI/Monica Miller

A lot of the deputy administrators and governor’s workplace employees who had been political appointees turned profession service workers within the final yr.

KHJ Information identified on the time that the conversions didn’t comply with the American Samoa Governments personnel guidelines which require the profession service positions to be marketed in order that hiring could be carried out on a aggressive foundation.

At a Home of Representatives listening to final June, Assistant Lawyer Common Alexandra Zirschky testified that the statute permits the Director of Human Sources to decide on whether or not or to not promote such positions.

Normally, there is a discount in pay when a place is transformed from contract to profession service.

Nevertheless, in the entire conversions ordered by the previous governor, the people saved the identical salaries.

American Samoa Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga

Former Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Picture: American Samoa Govt

In response to the Governor’s Communications Officer, Fiafia Sunia, Governor Lemanu is conscious of the various workers that had been transformed to profession service.

“A number of avenues are being thought of to accommodate these modifications whereas sustaining a dedication to fiscal duty and accountable monetary administration methods,” he stated.

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