About 600 cleaning workers who were owed about HK$7 million by their former employer yesterday won a pay deal. The cleaners, who worked for Gainway Cleaning, claimed they had not been paid since December. The pay agreement was reached after Kai Shing Management Services, a major client of Gainway Cleaning, offered assistance. However, the Service Employees General Union, which is supporting the workers, said it was too early to declare the end of the battle. Leung Kwok-wai, a union spokesman, said: 'Gainway has not yet settled the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) contributions, amounting to some $5 million.' Gainway Cleaning was contracted by Kai Shing Management - a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties - to clean shopping malls and properties it managed. But Gainway's contract was recently terminated after Kai Shing found it had failed to pay workers. Kai Shing has engaged another cleaning contractor, with a condition that the new firm employ the affected workers at Gainway. More than 500 of the workers had won jobs with the new contractor, according to a Kai Shing spokesman. The Gainway dispute arose after it repeatedly failed to pay workers and make MPF contributions. Earlier this month, the High Court ordered it to pay the Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme Authority (MPFA) about HK$2.88 million of contributions in arrears and surcharges. Leung, who led workers' representatives in a four-party meeting yesterday with representatives from the Labour Department, Gainway Cleaning, and Kai Shing Management, said: 'We have won the first part. We hope the MPFA would not drag its feet and it should instruct Gainway to pay the outstanding MPF payment as soon as possible.' He quoted Gainway director Lo Kwok-wai as saying at the meeting that the company had cash-flow problems recently. Lo pledged to meet MPFA officials today regarding owed payments, according to Leung. Lo did not reply to enquiries yesterday.