Hong Kong social service organisations are strengthening their position against the government's constitutional reforms, asking for a timetable for full democracy and the scrapping of corporate votes in Legco functional constituencies. In an internal memo circulated to its 300 member groups yesterday, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service asked the organisations to approve a draft statement on the package. The South China Morning Post learned that among other demands, the draft statement included strong calls for democracy which go against the government's conservative package. The draft statement by the umbrella group, chaired by legislator Bernard Chan, who is a member of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's cabinet, includes a demand for introducing universal suffrage as soon as possible and demands a timetable for reform. It says that before the chief executive can be directly elected, the electorate base of the Election Committee should be expanded. Directly-elected district councillors should be included in the committee, but appointed members should not vote. In the Legco functional constituencies election, where most of the 30 seats are elected by business chambers and companies, the council calls for corporate votes to be replaced with votes for individual practitioners in the sectors. The council will finalise its position next week before sending it to the government. Observers believe the strong stance taken by social welfare bodies, which were criticised during the chief executive election for making a U-turn to support Mr Tsang, reflects the growing opposition to the government reform package. Ivan Choy Chi-keung, a political scientist at Chinese University, said leaders in the social service sector might have felt pressure from their predominantly pro-democracy frontline staff to push harder for democratic change. 'They were criticised for not having the guts last time so perhaps they are taking a harder stance. Their actions are in line with the social atmosphere, where the heat against the government is rising,' he said. It is understood that social workers and members of the Social Workers General Union are being mobilised to join the pro-democracy march on December 4, before meeting for a banquet in the evening to celebrate the union's 25 anniversary.