CHRIS Patten's wish for a harmonious summit between business and trade union leaders was granted yesterday. Only briefly at the beginning of the labour summit did the sides bring up their opposing stances. The union leaders, who advocate an across-the-board ban on labour importation, said afterwards that there was no point discussing it. Lau Chin-shek, the legislator and Confederation of Trade Unions chairman, said: 'Importation is the only confrontation between employers and employees. And we realised it would be a waste of time to discuss it.' The only hostile moment came when the labour representative, Cheng Yiu-tong, accused the General Chamber of Commerce and the Employers' Federation of being inconsiderate and selfish to suggest that there should not be quotas on importation and the pay rises should be limited to eight per cent this year. 'It was very selfish of them to have made such comments when unemployment is so serious,' Mr Cheng said. Mr Cheng's stance was backed by former employers' representative in the Labour Advisory Board, Chan Sui-kau. Mr Chan, a long-time employers' representative, was the only businessman to criticise the two business bodies yesterday. The Governor concluded that the need for labour importation was recognised since some employers were having real difficulties recruiting staff. Mr Patten said: 'It [labour importation] does worry the community, which wants to see a fair deal for local workers without making management's job impossible. I believe our new proposals strike a reasonable balance. 'We will go on talking after today to try to get as much consensus as possible on the way forward on this issue. So I hope we won't get too bogged down on this question; I hope we can look for agreement and think positively.'