Prime Minister Hon Fiame Naomi Mataafa has announced the appointment of Lemalu Tuiloma Sina Retzlaff on the Remuneration Tribunal.
The Remuneration Tribunal Act 2003 states that the three-panel tribunal, “provides advice to Government concerning the salaries, allowances and other benefits to be paid to certain holders of public office and other persons, and to enable the Head of State to set the salaries, allowances and other benefits to be paid to certain holders of public office and for related purposes”.
Lemalu Tuiloma joins an esteemed team of long serving members of the Remuneration Tribunal; Chairperson Mulitalo Aliimuamua Esekia Solofa, and Afamasaga Toleafoa – both independent Consultants in their respective and extensive areas of expertise. She replaces the late Matataualiitia Afa Lesa on the panel as the member “nominated by the Prime Minister as a person with experience and expertise in commerce, industry and the non-government sector”, the Act states.
“I am humbled to be called onto the RT committee, and especially to serve alongside Mulitalo and Afamasaga. I remember making several submissions to this committee on behalf of the private sector over the years, and so I hope to be able to bring the voice of NGOs to the discussions. We have always advocated for pay structures that fairly reflect the work, are performance-based on outputs and ensure KPIs are achieved”, she said.
In 2007 Lemalu was the first woman President of Samoa Chamber of Commerce and was involved in Samoa’s ratification of ILO core conventions back in 2008.
She has served on Samoa’s National Tripartite Forum where Employers, Employees, and Government come together to decide on industrial relations issues. She currently Chairs the Samoa Business Hub and runs a small consultancy firm as a professional development trainer, strategic planning specialist and accredited mediator.
For NGOs, she is on the board of Teen Challenge Samoa. She’s worked with SENESE, Loto Taumafai, Aoga Fia Malamalama and is currently working with WIBDI on similar supportive work.
Lemalu works as an advocate against family violence and completed an Australian DFAT funded Research Fellowship on Family Violence in 2012.
Tuiloma owns Samoa Global News and serves on the Executive of JAWS.