Tung Chee-hwa held his first session with Election Committee members yesterday by meeting the labour subsector, exclusively represented by the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions. Although a spokesman for the Chief Executive's election office said all 40 Election Committee members from the labour subsector had been invited, none of the 10 members from the Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions attended. It backed Mr Tung's election rival Yang Ti Liang in the first chief executive election in 1996. Li Fung-ying, a legislator from the group, said members would meet Mr Tung on January 11. But she added: 'I won't be Mr Tung's nominee [if asked to do so]. It's not convenient for me to do so as our federation has made a preliminary decision not to have a uniform view.' Mr Tung sought to win over the labour members by stressing they were the first he had met: 'Today is the first day of work in the New Year . . . and I attach much importance to workers,' he said. Speaking after an hour-long meeting with Mr Tung at his election office in Central, Federation of Trade Unions chairman Cheng Yiu-tong confirmed that 39 of its 41 members from various sectors of the 800-strong Election Committee had attended. The committee will choose the next leader on March 24 if there are two or more candidates when nominations close next month. Mr Cheng urged Mr Tung to follow Shanghai's example in tackling unemployment. 'If Mr Tung gets re-elected he should put all labour protection laws in one bundle to help workers grasp their rights and set up a centralised job recruitment centre,' he said, adding that Mr Tung found the proposals 'reasonable'. In a separate session, Mr Tung met 34 financial services representatives, including nine of the subsector's 12 Election Committee members. Non-affiliated lawmaker Henry Wu King-cheong, who represents the sector in Legco, said representatives had given Mr Tung unconditional support. 'What we presented today were only our views. It's not the case that we will not back him if he fails to accept our proposals,' Mr Wu said. A spokesman for Mr Tung's election office said last night it had started contacting Election Committee members to invite them to nominate Mr Tung. The spokesman confirmed some members had already returned nomination forms, but declined to state how many nominees Mr Tung had secured so far.