Union members march in protest over duty cut Members of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions marched to the Central Government Offices yesterday to oppose the abolition of estate duty which has been levied for 90 years. More than 20 members took part, and a fake $1.5 billion cheque was given to a government official, symbolising Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen's 'gift' to wealthy people. Axing the tax means $1.5 billion less revenue a year for the government. The union complains that the government is leaving a large amount of money in rich people's pockets while cutting social welfare assistance to low-income groups. budget does not help the poor, social workers say More than seven in ten social workers believe this year's budget did too little to help the socially disadvantages, a survey shows. More than 60 per cent of the 351 questioned thought the budget did not treat different social classes fairly, and 64.7 per cent said financial support for housing, medical and social welfare services was insufficient. Legislator Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, who represents the welfare sector, carried out the survey. He said the budget only brought concessions to the middle class who were within the tax bracket, but did not provide any benefit to grass-roots groups. He urged the government to set a blueprint for reforming social welfare services this year, to improve allocation of resources. 500 set to rally over Anti-Secession Law About 500 people are expected to join a rally today to protest against the mainland's Anti-Secession Law which authorises the use of force against Taiwan if it moves towards independence. The march from Victoria Park to the central government's liaison office will start at 1pm to coincide with a rally in Taiwan to oppose the law.