Tamar Knitting Mills will hold a half-price sale to help pay entitlements to 15 staff who were stood down in November. The sale starts next week at the troubled Launceston textile company. Owner Ian Thompson yesterday said a lot more money needed to be raised than the $35,000 the Textiles Clothing and Footwear Union had previously claimed the workers were owed. "You could multiply that by at least three," he said. Mr Thompson added that paying his former employees was his first priority.