Employees of the bankrupt Ghost Town in the Sky theme park are yet to be paid for the last two weeks of the 2009 season.
The Smoky Mountain News reports that the Maggie Valley-based park is in violation of North Carolina state labor laws having failed to pay staff on the designated pay day. CEO Steve Shiver claims the park is still planning to pay the lost wages when it has the money.
Ghost Town in the Sky plunged back into bankruptcy in November, just two years after reopening following a previous bankruptcy. The park's owners are seeking a deal in bankruptcy court which would see creditors receiving just 25% of the money owed to them. However, there is a real danger of the park being liquidated and rides sold off as a number of creditors are unhappy with the proposal.
The report claims that the park failed to pay wages on time at several points during the season, ultimately resulting in pay days being moved from Fridays to Mondays to allow the park to pay wages with revenue generated at weekends.
The park claims that staff were given a choice to continue for the rest of the season in the knowledge that their wages might be paid late. However, staff claim that the park always promised that wages would be paid eventually, and that not all staff members were present at the meeting to take part in the vote. Some staff have already made claims to the bankruptcy court for unpaid wages. Meanwhile, the park is still yet to a pay water bill, resulting in its supply being cut off.
Ghost Town in the Sky previously went bankrupt in 2002 and remained closed until new owners revived it in 2007. It subsequently struggled to reopen its headliner attraction, the Cliffhanger rollercoaster, finally managing it last month. However, it the ride closed again before the end of the 2009 season.