Officials were yesterday urged to intervene to avoid more layoffs in difficult times. Referring to the recent spate of redundancies, unionist legislators also demanded more active intervention against businesses cutting workers' benefits. Secretary-general of the Confederation of Trade Unions Lee Cheuk-yan warned that future government policies would be more pro-business under a new initiative announced in the Policy Address. 'In future, we'll have business impact assessment but no livelihood impact assessment,' he said, adding the administration should legislate on a minimum wage and collective bargaining rights to guard against abuses. Leung Fu-wah, vice-chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions (FTU), criticised others for provoking the public's grievances in an attempt to oust Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. But Andrew Cheng Kar-foo, of the Democrats, said calling for Mr Tung to step down was the only way for the public to express their discontent. Another FTU legislator Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Employees Retraining Board, said: 'People say it is useless to take retraining courses and it is equally useless to hold two degrees because they can't find jobs.' Mr Tam said retraining would not guarantee people jobs but would help them to rebuild confidence and improve job skills. Secretary for Education and Manpower Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun urged employers and employees to have more mutual understanding and to share the pain.