Cathay Pacific Airways pilots have voted overwhelmingly in favour of "limited industrial action" from 1 July.

A spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association (HKAOA), which represents 1,260 cockpit crew at Cathay, says the decision was 92% in favour of the action.

A second round of negotiations with oneworld alliance member Cathay will take place today. Earlier negotations on 18 June failed to mollify the pilots.

The dispute is over pay cuts and a new rostering system. Any action is expected to badly affect flight operations.

After a two-week "sick-out" in 1999 many pilots accepted pay cuts over a three-year period in return for stock options. The two sides also agreed to draw up a new rostering system that has yet to materialise.

While Cathay claims the pilots are now seeking hefty pay rises, the HKAOA insists the dispute is not about increases. Instead, it wants Cathay not to implement a third round of pay cuts after recording record profits in 2000. Rostering is another factor.

Source: Flight Daily News