Working Terms & Conditions


Industrial Relations deal primarily with the relationship between management and the workers. Employment laws and practices in Samoa, through legislations and regulations set by government, cover issues such as minimum wage, terms and conditions of employment, annual leave, sick leave and dismissal to name a few.


Industrial Relations laws are enforced to ensure both employers and workers legal obligations and rights are well protected and also to maintain harmony and stability within the employer/employee relationship.


All workers and employers in the private sector including government corporations and state owned enterprises. Workers and employers under the Public Service Act 2004 are not covered or exempted.


The Working Conditions and Relations team regulate labour laws in Samoa to ensure employers and workers are afforded certain rights, as well as requiring both parties to fulfill their lawful obligations. The team also facilitates industrial / employment grievances in Samoa.  The Ministry only assesses a complaint / grievance formally lodged using the Grievance Form.  The standard process for dealing with grievances range from 5 – 30 days depending on the cooperation of employer and employee.