Govt. to deliver wage assistance next week

The Ministry of Finance will begin releasing wage assistance to people who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic next week.

After a long review of businesses who submitted their employees in need through the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, M.O.F. announced it will begin releasing funds from next Monday 07 December until Wednesday 16 December.

The funds will be transferred into the former employee’s bank account in the next fortnight. 

For those who did not nominate a bank account they can pick up the funds directly with proof of identity – either a passport or driver’s license.

A schedule has been issued to businesses with locations for anyone who needs to pick up their funds in person, and anyone who misses out earlier in the week can visit the Chamber of Commerce offices in Sanalele on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December.

Staff who were made redundant will each receive $300; those placed on leave without pay will get $200 and employees with reduced hours or working part-time will receive $100.

Businesses that are eligible include hotels/resorts; restaurants and bars; car rentals companies; manufacturing exporters; travel agents; businesses operating at Faleolo International Airport; and Talofa Airways.

Here is the schedule for locations and times for anyone wanting to pick up the funds in person, if they did not provide a bank account:

Monday 07 December, Samoa Chamber of Commerce Main Office, Sanalele Complex, Saleufi from 10am to 3pm: for all travel agencies, car rentals, bars and restaurants employees, tour guides, diving, natural pools)

For all former hotel and resort employees:

Tuesday 08 December, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, from 10am to 3pm

Wednesday 09 December, Saletoga Sands Resort, from 10am to 3pm

Thursday 10 December, Sinalei Reef Resort, from 10am to 3pm

Friday 11 December, Jetover Hotel, from 11am to 4pm

Saturday 12 December, Vaimoana Seaside Lodge, from 8am to 1pm

Monday 14 December, Samoa Chamber of Commerce Main Office, Sanalele Complex, Saleufi, from 10am to 3pm: for those whose employments were affected from the following trading companies: Apia Bottling, Fero Samoa, KUKI Co Ltd, Mailelani Samoa, NGG Cho Pioneers, Nonu Samoa, Samoa Breweries, Samoa Green Products Ltd, Sleepwell International and Wilex Samoa

The teams will continue to serve any of those who may have missed any of the above sites from the Samoa Chamber of Commerce office from  Tuesday 15 December to Wednesday 16 December.

For further information and clarification contact:

Samoa Chamber of Commerce: 31090 

Ministry of Finance: 34360/34326.

The entire package is worth $1.21 million and is part of the Government’s second phase of the coronavirus stimulus budget.

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