About one in five Hong Kong fathers have no time for their children, while more than half spend less than 30 minutes a day with them, according to a Federation of Trade Unions survey conducted this month ahead of Father's Day today. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they felt pressure, mainly from their economic status and work hours. Most work more than eight hours a day. Alexander Ng Wai-kei, secretary of the federation's social affairs committee, called the results worrying. "Compared with the survey we conducted last year, 1.7 per cent more fathers have no time to communicate with their children," Ng said. About half of the interviewees preferred to be able to combine public holidays and their annual leave in order to improve their family lives. "This is our main [request]," Ng said. "We would like the government to execute this policy as soon as possible, so the fathers would have more time to keep their children company." Almost 47 per cent also asked for standard working hours, while 42 per cent demanded to be paid for overtime. The written questionnaire was put to 814 fathers between June 1 and 12. According to the findings, 55.6 per cent spent less than half an hour daily with their children. But almost 19 per cent of those fathers who worked more than eight hours a day put in at least 11 hours at their jobs. Some 72 per cent of them said they were under pressure. Despite the difficulties and lack of communication with their children, 61.3 per cent considered themselves "good fathers". On February 27, the city introduced three days of statutory paternity leave for new fathers employed in the private sector. But they receive only four-fifths of their usual pay, compared with public servants who can take up to five days of fully paid leave. The federation has been seeking equal rights in the private and public sectors.