A protest by transport workers yesterday failed to force an air freight forwarder firm to release unpaid wages and double pay. About 30 workers accused their former employer, AWT World Transport Holdings, of refusing to release $2.8 million in wages and double pay after they were sacked last week. Yesterday the group, some members of which had been with the firm for more than 10 years, marched to the office of the parent company, AWT Holdings, in Sheung Wan to seek wages owed and compensation. 'The firm simply told the workers that it could not cough up any money to pay them off,' said Confederation of Trade Unions organising secretary Mak Tak-ching who represented the workers. 'Such cases have been very common. The financial turmoil in Asia has led many companies to run into difficulties.' An AWT Holdings employee said no senior executives were in the office and urged the workers to leave. Later in the afternoon, the workers managed to contact the company's director and former chairman, David Leung Tsz-hang, who agreed to meet the group on Thursday morning.