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Apia, SAMOA – October 1, 2020: 8:22am (RNZ PACIFIC): Former tourism workers in Samoa who lost their jobs due to the global impacts of Covid-19 are to receive payments out of a $US470,000 rescue package from the government.

The government has put the number of people who have lost their jobs since borders were closed due to the pandemic, at 3000.

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The Samoa Observer reported the package was outlined in a Cabinet Directive from last week that was endorsed by the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet Chief Executive Agafili Shem Leo.

It said staff made redundant would each receive around $US114; those placed on leave without pay would get $US76; and employees with reduced hours or working part-time would receive around $US38.

Assistance was promised to unemployed tourism sector workers in the form of a subsidy as part of a $US25 million stimulus package.

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