THE right-wing Hongkong and Kowloon Trades Union Council has split over a call from its president to abandon its anti-communist stance. Mr Chan Yun-che said the 33,000-strong council had to dilute its political activities and spend more time on labour issues if it was to survive beyond 1997. But some council members have called for his resignation, accusing him of breaching the council's basic platform, which has traditionally followed Taipei's line. Mr Chan hit back, saying it was the policy of Taiwan to seek reconciliation with the mainland. ''It is the right direction for the development of the council to strengthen our work on labour issues. We should reduce our role in politics,'' he said. Mr Lee Tak-ming, chairman of the Tung Wah Three Hospitals Workers' Union, said it was more constructive to spend time on labour issues.