Jobs offered as venture at old Yazaki location set for January start

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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VAITELE MOVES: Tapunu'uomanu Roger Warren, Sala George Lutu, Aumua Ming and Fiti Leung Wai, David Lutu, Gaseimaninoa Manila-Pelenato and Manu Ken Saifoloi at the Yazaki factory.

VAITELE MOVES: Tapunu'uomanu Roger Warren, Sala George Lutu, Aumua Ming and Fiti Leung Wai, David Lutu, Gaseimaninoa Manila-Pelenato and Manu Ken Saifoloi at the Yazaki factory. (Photo: Samoa Observer / File)

Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B) and Sleepwell NZ are set to begin operations in Samoa in January 2018. 

This was confirmed by, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

“Our Government through the National Provident Fund has agreed for Sleepwell International Ltd to lease Building No.2 amongst other assets that were previously used by Yazaki at Vaitele,” said Aumua.

“Negotiations over the details of the lease are underway with the hope for the lease to be signed in December 2017.

“At this stage, machinery and materials for the bed and furniture factory are due to arrive in two months’ time.”

He went on to say that applications for jobs on the floor closed on 17 September 2017.

“Sleepwell is now going through the applications before interviews are conducted,” he said.

“Advertisements for a General Manager and other managerial positions for example Marketing Manager will commence in a week's time.

“Sleepwell is grateful to the Government of Samoa and relevant officials for the assistance rendered to date.”

Last month President of S.S.A.B. Fiti Leung Wai said in her presentation at the Yazaki Samoa before the official closing that the factory would start with 50 people.

“For your information the factory will start off with employing of 50 people but our aim is to offer more than 200 work opportunities for the people of Samoa in the next 2-3 years,” she said.

“It will also help with our export markets by exporting to neighbouring Pacific Islands as well as Australia and New Zealand.

They also offered a relatively attractive salary package for local standards.

“We will provide a salary that is above the minimum wage so the starting rate is $4 and your pay will also be based on good references,” she said.

“There will also be bonuses on special occasions but depending on your sales.”

Part of their offer will be the provision of light breakfast and lunch, a recreation area as well as a sick bay.

“There will be a prayer room because we believe that if we put God in the center of all that we do we will succeed,” she said.

“And the work environment will be guided by Christian principles and the Samoan culture.”

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