Reviving 25 projects from two scrapped councils and launching two trial schemes to help the disabled and unemployed find jobs are among Mr Tung's measures aimed at easing unemployment. The 25 construction projects - originally planned by the urban and regional councils but shelved since 1999 - will provide swimming pools, soccer pitches and libraries. They will be built over the next few years at a cost of $4.4 billion to create 3,000 to 4,000 construction jobs, Mr Tung said. The jobs are part of the government's pledge to commit an average of $29 billion annually to capital works projects. Feasibility studies are being conducted on most recreational projects, but work would not start until next year at the earliest, a government official said. These jobs come at a critical time as the Disneyland construction project, which employs 11,000 people, will be completed in September. In addition, two schemes will begin in April to place 2,000 job seekers in trial jobs for one month. In one scheme, the government will pay the monthly wage of $4,500 and employers will decide at the end of the trial whether to keep the workers. The second scheme will provide training to 1,000 disabled people. As in the previous year, the government will also extend the contracts of 9,800 of its temporary workers, costing $770 million a year. In the private sector, 36 new hotels will create more than 10,000 jobs. Disneyland and associated hotel, catering and retail businesses will provide 18,000 more. Another 3,000 jobs will come from two local airlines' expansion plans. Unionists said the chief executive had shown more concern on labour policies this year but had failed to provide long-term solutions to unemployment among the middle-aged and poorly educated people. 'I'm disappointed that there was not a policy addressing the problems faced by middle-aged job seekers,' said Wong Kwok-kin, chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions. 'The number of jobs created matches the number of new immigrants coming to Hong Kong and new graduates. The unemployed would still remain unemployed. We think the government is not doing enough.' A top labour official said the government had changed its attitude on a minimum wage policy but it was not ready to give a timetable when it might be introduced. 'The most important thing is that the government is willing to listen with an open attitude,' the official said.