Workers say daylight savings gives them more time

Some members of Samoa’s working class have given the daylight savings initiative the thumbs up, saying it has enabled them to do other things after work.

The Samoa Observer spoke to a number of the workers, who said they supported the initiative despite concerns by others that it could be too early for children to walk to school.

Scott Ripine, 21, said daylight savings has had a big impact on his life as they are starting and finishing early from work each day.

"Employees will have to wake up early in the morning and start early and finish work early as well, and it's good that we finish work early, but what's not good is the starting time," he said. 

However, Mr. Ripine said the official start time for all employees in the morning should be pushed back by an hour, as he said they were often late to work.

But for 40-year-old teacher Numera Iakopo, the changes do not really matter as it has had minimal impact on her as a worker. 

"To me having the daylight saving again is no problem, but I am only concerned about the students who have to come early to school every morning," she said. 

Mrs. Iakopo said daylight savings is beneficial for her, such as finishing early from work and having the ability to spend more time with her children. 

 "To me as a teacher, I feel sorry for the students who live far from our school, that they have to come to school early, like 6.00am in the morning and it's still dark,” she said.

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