Civil service unions yesterday expressed concern that their salaries and benefits would be further slashed after cuts of 3 per cent next year and in 2005. Their concern followed a letter to government staff by Secretary for Civil Service Joseph Wong Wing-ping, who said the bill introducing the so-called '0-3-3' package would be gazetted today. The bill was passed by lawmakers on Wednesday. Both Leung Chau-ting, of the Federation of Civil Service Unions, and Chan Cheung-yee, of the Model Scale One Staff Consultative Council, said they were concerned about further pay cuts. This was especially in regard to the way the government would apply the pay-level survey, which investigates whether civil service pay has outstripped that of the private sector. In response, Mr Wong said the application of the survey, which will be completed by the middle of next year, would be complicated, especially when dealing with staff who joined the civil service before 1997. He said wide consultation would be conducted before a relevant bill on reviewing pay levels would be tabled in Legco in 2005.