EIGHT maintenance workers from the Hong Kong Ferry Company held an overnight protest outside the Central pier after they were laid off for not conforming to new rules. Tam Chun-yin, for the protesters, said the workers had been denied redundancy payments after they were asked to leave in October. Mr Tam said the company issued a notice demanding three hours of extra work from them daily and a one-third cut in salary. 'They said if we did not agree, it would mean an automatic termination of our jobs,' Mr Tam said. The eight workers protested at the company's office and negotiated with senior management yesterday to no avail.