Nearly all of the former employees of the closed Great Duke Hotel in Phnom Penh have received owed compensation distributed by the Labor Ministry as of Monday, but an official declined to clarify the source of the payouts.
The Labor Ministry told former Great Duke staff, some of whom had worked for the hotel for more than 20 years, that they could pick up their payment on Saturday. The compensation was awarded to them in an Arbitration Council decision in February, but their former employer had refused to pay as of late last week.
Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said on Friday that the government had more than $320,000 in hand to pay the employees. When asked who provided the money for the payments, Sour said he would not reveal the funding source.