Yazaki Workers Association negotiate benefits

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Y.W.A President Uelese Tupuola.

Y.W.A President Uelese Tupuola.

The President of the Yazaki Samoa Employees Association Uelese Tupuola says the announcement that one of the biggest employers in the country is shutting down did not come as a complete surprise.

"We've always known at the back of our heads that this day will come but we tried to keep an open mind about the result,” Mr. Tupuola told Radio New Zealand.

“Starting from now we will be having more conversations and more meetings for any issues they want to raise or what the association thinks or want to discuss with the management.”

Yazaki Samoa, which employs 740 workers, said it would be closing before the end of 2017.

Yazaki General Manager, Funefe'ai Oliva Vaai, said a final package would be paid out to employees when the closure happens.

But employees who decide to resign beforehand will miss out.

Mr. Tupuola said members of his association and company management are holding discussions on how best to move forward.

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