WORKERS laid off by a camera manufacturer struck a compromise with their former employer yesterday over severance payments. Led by legislator and chief executive of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions Lee Cheuk-yan, 30 workers protested at the company's office in Quarry Bay, requesting more 'reasonable' payments. Tempers flared when the company, Haking Buildings Company, only wanted to discuss the issue with Mr Lee and union representatives. Police were called in but the company insisted it would not discuss the matter with the workers. The executive secretary of the union, Tam Chun-yin, said a compromise was finally reached. 'The workers were discontented because their severance payments were $7,000 to $10,000 less than those who were laid off in October,' he said. This was because the latest batch of workers had not been given overtime in the past few weeks and the severance payment was based on income before the redundancies. 'The employer's representative agreed to give a bonus to those workers with good performances, which is about $4 to $6 per day,' Mr Tam said. The number of days would be related to the length of service of individual workers, but on average each worker would be given $1,000 more under the new agreement, he said. Sixty workers were laid off early this month because of the company's plan to move its manufacturing lines to China and Thailand.