Unionist legislators will press for more statutory holidays, including Labour Day. Lee Cheuk-yan, chief executive of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, pledged to lobby fellow members to support more paid holidays. It is unclear whether the extra statutory holidays granted this year will be maintained next year. Draft legislation says the arrangement for the three additional holidays with pay is valid for 1997 only. The proposed extra holidays would bring the total number of statutory holidays this year to 14. Unionist legislator Lau Chin-shek tabled a private member's bill for first and second readings, urging the Government to declare May 1 a paid holiday. Chan Yuen-han of the Federation of Trade Unions said the federation had long been fighting for the same cause. With only a few weeks left before May 1, she doubted whether Mr Lau's bill, if passed, could be ready for implementation this year. Meanwhile the Chief Executive's office yesterday published the Holidays (1997 & 1998) Bill in the form of a blue bill, denoting it will go through all three readings before the handover. The proposed legislation provides for three extra statutory holidays in 1997.