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Shuttered Great Duke hotel staff to strike today

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A union leader addressed the unemployed workers who are seeking compensation. CNE

Approximately 140 former staff of the now shuttered Great Duke Hotel in the capital are planning a strike this morning to seek a resolution from owners of the hotel as compensation is now overdue.

The once famed Inter Continental five-star hotel staff changed its name to Great Duke Hotel and since then, occupancy had began to drop due to maintenance and service related issues. The workers said they will continue to strike until a proper solution is reached.

The protest will be held in two locations, one in front of the hotel itself, and another in front of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training.

Lawyers representing the owner of the Great Duke Hotel, which closed its doors on December 31, 2019, does not seem to have any direction from the property owners to reach an agreement with the staff, a union president said.

In an attempt to resolve the problem, the union has met with the hotel’s owners twice, the first time before announcing the closure of the hotel on December 20, 2019, when a lawyer notified the staff of the hotel’s closure.

Mr Kosal said that the second meeting with the hotel’s lawyer on January 3 2020 had not been successful and the company did not agree to the request of the former employees.

The head of the union stated that the hotel staff made 4 demands:

1: Seniority compensation before 2019 as contained in Article 91 of the Labor Law,

2: Follow Labor Law Article 89

3: Require the payment of notification under Article 75 of the Labor Law

4: Request for payment of wages for the remainder of the year

The former five-star Inter-Continental Hotel, later renamed The Great Duke Phnom Penh in early 2018, closed its doors since December 31 2019.

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