Employees of Perfecta Dyeing, Printing & Weaving Works lodged cases with the Labour Department yesterday alleging their employer had not paid them for months and owed 40 workers about HK$5 million. Led by unionist legislator Leung Yiu-chung of the Neighbourhood and Workers' Service Centre, about 20 workers registered their cases at the government offices in Kwai Hing. A spokeswoman for the union, Cheung Sin-yi, said it would take months before workers could recover their unpaid wages. 'Since the company is still in operation and is not being liquidated or being wound up, workers can now only register their cases with the department and hopefully the department can prosecute,' Ms Cheung said. 'Otherwise, the workers would have to take their case to the Labour Tribunal, or even have to seek legal aid and file for the winding up of the company so that they could claim money back from the insolvency fund.' The unpaid HK$5 million included wages, severance pay, wages in lieu and Mandatory Provident Fund contributions, she said. But she said the employees would not be able to claim back all their unpaid wages if they had to claim from the insolvency fund. 'The fund only covers the first HK$50,000 of the total amount of severance payment and half of the remaining amount.' Most of the affected workers had served the company for more than 10 years and some had not been paid since June, she said. They were mostly office workers in the accounting and computer departments.