Post-handover executive councillor Tam Yiu-chung said he was confident Labour Day would be a statutory holiday after 1998. Mr Tam, vice-chairman of the pro-China Federation of Trade Unions, was speaking yesterday at a rally marking Labour Day on Thursday. 'The Special Administrative Region government certainly has to study the labour sector's demand for Labour Day to be made a holiday with pay. 'We might not be able to achieve this in 1998 - but I am confident that we can achieve it after 1998,' he said. Meanwhile, unionist legislator Lau Chin-shek has pledged to go ahead with his private member's bill in support of a May 1 holiday before the Legislative Council's last sitting this June. Mr Lau's bill was tabled this month, but the Government argued it could create confusion if a holiday decision was made at short notice. The Confederation of Trade Unions and other unions have urged the Government to support a bill to give trade unions the right of collective bargaining.