LEGISLATIVE Councillors last night voted unanimously for a motion urging the Government to review the retraining of the unemployed and underemployed. Speaking in a two-hour debate, they criticised the Government's lack of concrete commitment to retraining workers in dying industries. They said the present scheme was a stopgap measure to pacify discontent about imported labour. The motion, moved by veteran unionist Mr Pang Chun-hoi, urged the Government to review the training courses on offer and find displaced workers new job opportunities. Mr Pang said the results of the retraining programme had been disappointing. ''Of the around 500 people trained so far, there are still 61 workers waiting for job placement,'' Mr Pang said. ''But the Government has already spent over $10 million on the programme.'' Mr Pang said the Government should carry out a comprehensive review of the courses to determine whether they catered for the needs of the job market. The Government agreed last year to set up the scheme. A special training fund was set up based on the levy paid by employers for permission to import foreign workers. Liberal Party legislator Mr Ronald Arculli said the fact that 61 of the 474 retrained workers were looking for jobs deserved attention. Saying the Liberal Party fully supported the motion as retraining was a long-term solution to the labour shortage, he urged the Government to pump more money, say another $300 million, into the scheme so that more courses could be organised. United Democrat Mr Lau Chin-shek also supported the idea that the Government should inject more funds to sponsor the scheme, if it was meant to be more than just window dressing. In his policy address last year, the Governor, Mr Chris Patten, announced the injection of $300 million into the training fund to retrain 15,000 workers over two or three years. Mr Samuel Wong Ping-wai, the chairman of the Employees Retraining Committee (ERC), said 40 courses had been planned for the first nine months of this year. The ERC, the administrative body implementing the retraining course, had recently launched a new on-the-job training scheme. Firms participating in the scheme would provide on-the-job training for displaced employees. Most legislators urged that retraining should be extended to housewives. ''Women actually are an important source of manpower in our society,'' said Liberal Party legislator Mrs Miriam Lau Kin-yee. Speaking at the end of the debate, the Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr John Chan Cho-chak, said the Government had shown firm commitment to the scheme. ''The Government has attached a lot of weight to the scheme,'' he said. Mr Chan said the introduction of on-the-job training by the ERC would be ''a breakthrough'' in retraining workers.