Staff of ex-hotel used for coronavirus quarantine protest for pay

About 50 former employees of Phnom Penh’s old InterContinental Hotel, which was sold and then shuttered last year and is now being kept as a hospital ward for Covid-19 victims, protested outside the Labor Ministry on Friday to demand unpaid benefits.

Known as “The Great Duke” when it closed December 31, the five-star hotel had run for most of its 23 years under the banner of the British multinational InterContinental before being sold. When it ultimately shut, not all staff were paid out contractual benefits.

With the agreement of the owner, the Health Ministry and Prime Minister Hun Sen said last month that the empty hotel would be kept as a hospital and quarantine ward for victims of coronavirus if regular hospitals reach beyond capacity.

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