Employees made redundant when their bosses declare bankruptcy can receive almost 40 per cent more in government ex-gratia payments from tomorrow. Legislators passed a resolution yesterday lifting the payment limit, last revised three years ago, from $36,000 to $50,000. But some lawmakers called for better labour protection. Lau Chin-shek of the Democratic Party said: 'Lifting the limit a bit won't solve the problem. There shouldn't be any limit at all.' Non-affiliated legislator Leung Yiu-chung said the payments should be sufficient to support workers until they found new jobs. Colleague Eric Li Ka-cheung said: 'The root of the problem is insolvency of a business. 'There should be a rescue package to help companies in trouble.' With the 40 per cent increase, the Government estimates about 84 per cent of applicants will receive severance payment entitlements in full.