Laid-off Star Paging workers plan to protest outside the company's Kwun Tong Road office today to demand special payments in addition to severance pay. The protest was called by the Hong Kong Communication Industry Employees Association yesterday after the company rejected the union's request for extra payments to the 373 workers laid off on July 31. The company is required by law to pay severance sums based on the number of years workers were employed. But Fan Kwok-fai, the union's administrator, said some workers were not eligible for severance pay because they had worked for the firm for less than the minimum two years. He said the company should make special payments to all workers as a gesture. It would be difficult for them to find jobs as many paging companies were moving to Macau or the mainland where wages were 80 per cent lower than in Hong Kong. Mr Fan said some workers had received financial help from the union while others had said they would apply for welfare payments.