ABOUT 200 mainland workers who say they are being ripped off plan to cancel their automatic monthly payments to a job agency within days. The men from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong said they were unhappy about paying 35 to 55 per cent of their wages to the mainland agency, despite agreeing to the terms in China. They work on various airport-related projects. They said the success of mainland workers on the Tsing Yi airport railway, where contractors have promised to repay wage deductions, had encouraged them to stop their agency payments. They are using a Hongkong Bank autopay service to pay the cash directly to Twin Wise International, a company understood to represent their mainland labour agency. Workers last night said they would also call on the Hong Kong office of Xinhua (the New China News Agency) to protect their rights in Hong Kong because they felt their livelihood was threatened. A 30-year-old worker called Chan said: 'We want to make sure we are safe to do this and will not be fired by our employer.' Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions organising secretary Wong Ying-yu said a Guangdong labour agency had arranged for the workers' employment with Gammon Construction. He said workers were asked to pay Twin Wise regularly. Mr Wong said he believed automatic transfers amounting to $10 million had been deducted from workers' accounts. A worker who said he had transferred almost half his wages to the agency during the past 15 months said: 'If we don't stand up for our rights, nobody will. I will cancel my auto-payment to the agency tomorrow.' Labour Department officials visited the Tsing Yi construction site yesterday, where more than 300 Guangdong and Fujian workers downed tools and protested to Xinhua on Thursday. An agreement was reached between managers and mainland workers over the alleged deducted payments yesterday. Unionist Yam Yuet-lin said workers would be urged to take a day off and cancel their auto-payments. 'If they don't do it, their money will continue to be transferred out of their accounts,' she said. Xinhua, the Labour Department and police have been investigating alleged deductions from the wages of Chinese and Thai imported workers. Xinhua said wage deductions of up to 25 per cent could be made to pay their families on the mainland and former employers. Hong Kong employers could also take another quarter for accommodation and food.