But he tells them the middle class need a break Unionists and lawmakers representing the working class yesterday failed to win an assurance from the chief executive that he would not reduce taxes. They urged Donald Tsang Yam-kuen not to cut taxes, as lower government revenue would hurt health, education and welfare spending. But they quoted him as saying that he had to balance the interests of different sectors and that the middle class was carrying a heavy burden. Speaking after the meeting - one of a series of consultations before Mr Tsang's policy address - unionist Lee Cheuk-yan said they told him the government should not sacrifice the working class in favour of those who were better off. 'We told him it was not the best time for tax cuts and also not to cut expenditure,' said the Confederation of Trade Unions legislator. 'It would put pressure on government spending and would affect areas such as education, health and welfare. 'We should not lose a factory just because we want to give out sweets.' He said that while Mr Tsang did not explicitly indicate there would be a tax cut, the chief executive stressed he has to address the problems of the middle class. The pro-democracy legislators also asked Mr Tsang to arrange a separate meeting between 25 democrats and Vice-President Zeng Qinghong , who will be visiting Hong Kong on Saturday. Mr Zeng will meet all 60 legislators at a dinner function that day. The legislators said Mr Tsang had promised to try to arrange a separate meeting but that he did not seem optimistic and cited time constraints. Mr Zeng's visit and meeting with the democrats, and the central government's invitation to all 60 legislators to a groundbreaking visit to Guangdong later this month, were seen as a breakthrough in relations between Beijing and the democrats. Mr Tsang told members of the Democratic Party during a meeting on Tuesday that it would not be a one-off trip if both sides value the opportunity for communication.