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Samoa to lose 700 jobs after Japanese plant Yazaki shuts down

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Hundreds of Samoans are looking for a new job now that the country’s largest employer, Yazaki, has closed for good.

Some staff will remain at the Japanese automotive plant until October to assist with the wind down of its operations, but for the rest there is no more work, reports Pacific Beat.

The International Labour Organisation estimates the loss of up to 700 jobs will take one million tala, that’s around half a million Australian dollars, out of the Samoan economy.

Tomasi Peni, the ILO’s national coordinator for Samoa, says the priority now is to help former Yazaki employees transition into new jobs or start their own businesses.