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Irish, UK and Spanish contractors are campaigning together to be paid for work on the unfinished £400 million hotel complex in Barcelona.Contractors' and suppliers' hopes of payment being settled were dashed again on Friday at a meeting with developer Hovisa.More than 100 subcontractors and suppliers are owed an estimated £4 million. Bigger package contractors are also said to be out of pocket.At the meeting held to resolve outstanding problems, Hovisa finance director Martin Kabat, protected by armed guards, told angry contractors they still could not be paid.American G Ware Travelstead, the former promoter of Canary Wharf, and Japanese retail giant Sogo are joint developers.Contractors this week believed Mr Travelstead was in Japan meeting the top board of Sogo to discuss further financing. A spokesman for Mr Travelstead declined to comment.Firms which asked not to be named claimed tens of thousands of pounds were wasted in the rush to open just 10 floors of the 42-storey hotel before the Olympic games.One said: 'We have seen American management at its worst: intimidation, harassment and contractual threats.'M and E contractor M F Kent claims it is owed £12 million after its contract with Hovisa was terminated.Other large firms holding contracts with Hovisa are also owed money.