Va feiloa'i faalefaigaluega; saogalemu ma le soifua maloloina


The Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety & Health Division (‘IROSH’) advises government on policy matters relating to; employment relations within the private sector and public bodies; national occupational safety and health issues; foreign employee employment permits, and requirements of the Public Holidays Act 2008, and the Shops Ordinance 1961.

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS / Va Fealoa'i Faalegaluega


Industrial Relations operate under two functional areas;

(1) Working Terms and Conditions


(2) Employment Permits


OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH / Saogalemu ma le Soifua Maloloina Galuega

Occupation Safety & Health promote and educate employers and employees on standards and requirements of safety, and health in their work place. The OSH team undertake regular inspections to ensure compliance. We advise employers of their obligations, workers on their rights, whole of government on preventative measures to reduce potential work place accidents and illnesses, and responsible for the assessment and issuance of employment permits.


Samoa became a Member State of the International Labour Organisation in 2005, and by 2008 Samoa Government had ratified the following Conventions:

  • Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No.29)
  • Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention 1948 (No. 87)
  • Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98)
  • Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100)
  • Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105)
  • Discrimination (Employment and Occupations) Convention, 1958 (No. 111)
  • Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138)
  • Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182)
  • MLC - Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

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The Ministry is responsible for the coordination of International Labour Standards Reports submitted to Geneva on an annual basis.