Great Duke Labor Dispute Continues Following Protests, Arbitration

The owner of the closed Great Duke Hotel in Phnom Penh has until Friday to settle a monthslong dispute with former employees, a Labor Ministry official said after the ex-staff resumed protests this week and were earlier awarded compensation by arbiters.

Ou Ratana, an official in charge of labor dispute interventions, told VOD on Tuesday that the Labor Ministry would take legal action against the hotel owner if by Friday the employer had failed to comply with a decision in favor of workers reached by the Arbitration Council in February.

A meeting on Tuesday between former hotel employees, the owner and Labor Ministry officials yielded no solution “because the employer said they don’t have money because of Covid-19,” Ratana said.

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