A self-employed technician who had done work for Tai Lin Radio Services ran out of a meeting with the provisional liquidator of the collapsed chain yesterday, climbed onto the roof and threatened to kill himself. He was afraid he might not be able to claim unpaid wages. The people gathered for the meeting eventually talked the man down. He was uninjured. The provisional liquidator, Ernst & Young, was addressing a gathering of about 200 workers at the Federation of Trade Unions Workers' Club to explain the state of Tai Lin's finances. The news was too much for a man nicknamed Ah Ming, in his 30s, who had worked for the electrical appliance chain as a self-employed technician offering after-sale services to Tai Lin customers for more than 10 years. Colleague Ki Chi-leung said Ah Ming had not been paid since June. 'He helps Tai Lin customers install air conditioners, washing machines and other electrical appliances,' Mr Ki said. 'He is worried that he can't find a job and he has a family to feed.' The technicians were not entitled to apply for payments from the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund because they were not employees of the chain. 'We are all worried that we will not be able to get our money,' said Mr Ki, who added the technicians made about HK$10,000 a month. About 40 self-employed technicians attended the meeting. They said the company owed them about HK$2 million in unpaid wages. Unionist legislator and FTU member Ip Wai-ming said they would meet labour commissioner Cherry Tse Ling Kit-ching today to discuss the problem. 'These workers have worked for Tai Lin for many years, some for over 10 years,' Mr Ip said. 'The relationship is clearly employer and employee. They are not self-employed or outsourced workers of Tai Lin. They are employees. We will help them fight for unpaid salaries.' Mr Ip also said the provisional liquidator would seek opinions from workers about selling Tai Lin's leftover stock in return for more cash. Ernst & Young said Tai Lin's total liability was about HK$170 million and the total value of its assets was about HK$60 million. Ernst & Young transaction managing director Stephen Liu Yiu-keung said Tai Lin needed to cover expenses for wages, wages in lieu of notice and severance payments totalling nearly HK$10 million. But the company had only about HK$500,000 in cash. The provisional liquidator had promised to complete the calculation of unpaid wages within a week so that Tai Lin's regular employees could claim money from the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund as soon as possible. 'Potential buyers might consider buying part of Tai Lin's assets instead of buying them as a whole,' Mr Liu said. 'This allows more flexibility and the deal might be more attractive to them.' He said there had been talks with two or three potential buyers. A spokeswoman for the Labour Department said special service counters had been set up at all labour relations offices to help affected workers.