A five-star hotel managed by the liquidation committee of bankrupt Guangdong International Trust and Investment Corp (Gitic) is embroiled in contract disputes with some of its employees. The cases involve a handful of the Guangdong International Hotel's 1,600 workers and minor amounts of money. But they highlight some of the problems that continue to plague the resolution of China's largest bankruptcy case, which will probably continue for years. Gitic was closed in October 1998 and bankrupted three months later with debts initially estimated at about 39 billion yuan (about HK$36.54 billion). According to a detailed report in yesterday's Southern Metropolis News, appeal proceedings in one of the disputes began on Thursday in the Guangzhou People's Middle Court. The hotel is reportedly appealing against an earlier ruling by the Dongshan District Court in which it was ordered to reverse previously implemented pay cuts or terminate labour contracts of certain employees, who would then be entitled to compensation based on their years of service. Guangdong International Hotel is one of the premier assets still held by Gitic's liquidators. It was included in two failed auctions of Gitic's former headquarters building - Guangdong International Building - held in December and January. Despite a reduction of the asking price from 1.6 billion yuan to 1.3 billion, no bids were raised at either of the auctions, the first of which was held nearly three years after Gitic's bankruptcy. A source familiar with the situation said the auction was delayed 'because the liquidators only got the [Guangdong International Building's] title back a few months ago'. Yesterday's revelation about the hotel's ongoing labour disputes can only complicate future sales attempts. The Southern Metropolis News reported the hotel's longest running contract dispute - with an employee identified only by his surname, Zhou - dates to last July. The Dongshan District Labour Disputes Arbitration Committee ordered the hotel to terminate Mr Zhou's contract, requiring a compensation payment of more than 85,000 yuan. The Guangzhou People's Intermediate Court upheld that decision on December 20. But last month Mr Zhou again put the hotel before an arbitration panel, arguing for an additional payment of about 13,000 yuan. The arbitration panel has yet to issue a decision. Gitic liquidators also had to contend with hundreds of other lawsuits brought by aggrieved individuals against Gitic's former property development arm, which technically is still operational but in reality is insolvent. 'All of the plaintiffs won,' the source said. The cases relate to property development sites from which the plaintiffs were moved and their homes torn down. They were relocated to far-flung temporary housing areas with the promise their rents would be paid by Gitic's property development arm and they could claim units in the new developments after they were finished. But development work halted after their homes were razed, leaving residents stuck in remote housing areas with no rent support.