At least seven private member's bills will be tabled to the first legislature, including three labour bills repealed or amended by the provisional legislature. Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing admitted there was not much chance the three would be passed because of the voting mechanism. Motions, bills or amendments introduced by individual members require a simple majority vote by each of two groups of members. One group consists of the 30 members returned by functional constituencies; the other is made up of the 20 directly elected members and the 10 returned through the Election Committee. 'We are tabling the legislation in the interests of Hong Kong people,' Ms Lau said. 'The voting methods laid down in the Basic Law of course impose a constraint. However, we still try to highlight the inadequacies of the system.' The labour bills, to be tabled by The Frontier's Lee Cheuk-yan, cover collective bargaining, anti-union discrimination and political funding of labour unions. Mr Lee has complained to the International Labour Organisation about the repeal and amendment of the bills, which were passed by the pre-handover legislature. The Government has made a written submission to the organisation, which will rule on whether the SAR has violated international labour conventions. If it does so, the Confederation of Trade Unions will seek a judicial review. Another bill to be introduced by Mr Lee, the secretary-general of the confederation, seeks to raise the payments limit of the fund set up under the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Ordinance. The limits were revised in 1996 by a resolution passed by Legco. According to The Frontier, the Legco President does not have to approve the introduction of such an amendment because it does not relate to public expenditure, political structure or the operation of the Government. The Education and Manpower Bureau said it was prepared to review the level of payouts covered by the fund. It will also consult the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund Board and the Labour Advisory Board. LEGCO AGENDA Lee Cheuk-yan, The Frontier: 1. To raise the payment limit on the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Ordinance fund: Wages for an employee during the four months prior to application to be raised from $36,000 to $44,000. Wages in lieu of notice maximum raised from $22,500 to $25,000. Severance payment - from $36,000 plus 50 per cent of any excess to $44,000 plus 50 per cent of any excess. 2. To reinstate the bill on representation, consultation and collective bargaining. 3. To reinstate the bill on anti-union discrimination. 4. To amend the Trade Union Ordinance that union funds may not be used for political purposes, and to remove requirements that unions wanting to use money for overseas political activities need permission from the Chief Executive. Democratic Party: 1. To amend the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance to cover the stock exchange. 2. To abolish the bank interest rate agreement. Christine Loh Kung-wai, Citizens Party: 1. An anti-discrimination bill on race, age and sexual inclination.