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Dreamland park staff seek payouts

Former Dreamland employees hold a demonstration outside the closed amusement park in Phnom Penh yesterday.
Former Dreamland employees hold a demonstration outside the closed amusement park in Phnom Penh yesterday. Hong Menea

Dreamland park staff seek payouts

Former Dreamland employees protested outside the recently closed amusement park yesterday to demand the company pay them entitlements owed under the Labour Law.

Nearly 100 employees gathered for an hour in the morning until they were notified that the company was willing to negotiate.

A 50-year-old man, who only identified himself as “S 11”, and who used to be the head of security at the park, said the workers had filed a request for compensation on February 29, and had received no response.

“I asked the company to resolve the problem by offering compensation based on the Labour Law,” he said.

Moeun Tola, executive director for the rights group Central, said according to the law, the employers had to notify their workers of termination and pay severance, outstanding wages and annual leave and damages for contract terminations.

For severance pay, the employer has to pay 5 per cent of an employee’s annual salary for each year worked.

Dreamland representative Chhor Vion said all workers were notified in advance that their last day would be on February 29 and received their last paycheck on that day.

He added that the company had offered employees an additional month’s salary but would continue negotiations until both sides were satisfied.

The company closed the park when its lease expired. The site’s owner has released plans for a 133-storey twin-towered commercial building.

Vong Sovann, deputy secretary-general of the Labour Ministry’s strike settlement committee, said if experts found the company did not comply with the Labour Law, the case would go to the Arbitration Council.

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