Campaign vows further action to pressure Tsang for new legislation More than 600 demonstrators from over 40 unions took to the streets yesterday in the latest of a month-long series of protests to demand a minimum wage. They set off from Wan Chai at 3pm and marched to Government House, waving flags and banners and chanting slogans. Protest organiser Poon Man-hon of the Confederation of Trade Unions said they would also stage a sit-in outside Government House on October 10, the eve of the chief executive's policy address, in a last-ditch attempt to press him to address the long-debated issue with legislation. But lawmakers said their chance of success was low. Civic Party legislator Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said she was not optimistic that Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen would adopt a legislative approach in his policy address, but she stressed there should be a consensus that legislation was the ultimate approach. 'A pledge between employers is just a band-aid, it does not have any effect on bad employers who do not join it,' she said. Leung Yiu-chung of the Neighbourhood and Workers' Service Centre, agreed the government was more likely to propose a voluntary charter among employers instead of legislation but they would still do their best to make their voices heard in the 10 days before the policy address. Confederation secretary Lee Cheuk-yan said he would propose a vote against the motion of thanks for the policy address should their demand be rejected. He said Mr Tsang knew he had enough votes to pass legislation provided the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, which has backed a legislative approach, 'does not turn against us at the last second - it's all up to [Mr Tsang] now'. City University academic co-ordinator James Sung Lap-kung said it was a big achievement for the Democratic Party and its allies to have amassed the support of 25 lawmakers, but legislation for a minimum wage would not be passed in the near future. 'The Beijing government fears such a move will further drain Hong Kong of foreign capital. I believe Mr Tsang will use a charter as the first step, but he will not rule out legislation in the future.' Mr Lee led yesterday's protest dressed as Ronald McDonald to mock fast-food chains for exploiting workers. Many McDonald's cleaners are paid only HK$15 an hour, he said. The coalition wants legislation for a minimum wage of HK$30 per hour, or HK$6,112 per month.