Great Duke Workers Awarded Compensation as Unions Demand Law Reforms

Former staff of the closed Great Duke hotel in Phnom Penh have been awarded compensation by arbiters, as unions again demanded changes to the Trade Union Law, which they say restricts workers’ rights and the ability to organize.

Touch Kosal, president of the Cambodia Tourism Workers Union Federation (CTWUF), which represents former Great Duke employees, said Friday that his union had been awarded three of its four demands by the Arbitration Council, including compensation for seniority benefits, late notice of termination and unused vacation time.

However, Kosal, who also heads the Tourism Workers Union of the Great Duke Phnom Penh, said the union would appeal to Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng over the Council’s decision, announced Thursday, because workers were not awarded compensation for damages.

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