The Democratic Party yesterday put forward a nine-point proposal to help ease unemployment, which it claims could create about 50,000 new jobs. The package, laid out in a brainstorming session organised by the party last night, included allowing new mothers to take three years' unpaid leave, which it said would open up about 750 temporary job vacancies. It also proposed compulsory schooling to Form Five, so that an estimated 3,400 Form Three students, who would otherwise not be qualified for further studies, would not need to find jobs so soon. By reducing school class sizes to 25, an extra 1,200 teaching jobs a year would become available, the party said. Other recommendations included opening up the border area to industry, which the party estimated could create 27,000 jobs; developing 'green' industry, with some 4,400 jobs; and allowing locals to become domestic helpers, which it said would offer some 4,130 jobs. At the brainstorming session last night, chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said the party would also press for a fair-trade bill to prevent monopolistic control of the market. Mr Lee said monopolistic influence by big firms had forced many small and medium-sized firms out of business.