Cathay Pacific bosses will continue phoning pilots to work on rostered days off despite a 95 per cent union vote against the practice. Pilots have complained they have been harassed by phone and left exhausted and frustrated by what they claim is understaffing at the airline. Company spokesman Kwan Chuk-fai denied the continuing phone calls would amount to pressure on cockpit crew or the union, which represents 70 per cent of staff, saying pilots were free to refuse without fear of penalty. 'It's just that we can't identify who are members and who are not, so we'll still try . . . even among those 70 per cent not every single one voted for the motion. It is really an individual decision.' The pilots' union voted on Wednesday to reinstate a work-to-rule protest at what they say is cost-cutting and a shortage of staff. Cathay said it would draw up new rosters soon, but in the meantime had no contingency plans for putting on extra reserve staff, as the company believed there would be enough pilots choosing to cover for those who were sick. The airline insisted there would be no disruption to services, although the pilots' union claims similar action last year forced the delay or cancellation of 80 flights in a month. Pilots may work a maximum of 780 hours per year. Mr Kwan said the company was 'really amazed' that crew had elected to take a work-to-rule stand as those choosing to work on rostered days off would accumulate flying hours and be able to take leave early. It would discuss this at a meeting soon. However, the general secretary of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers' Association, John Findlay, said it was not a two-way situation and the company's claims that it was adequately staffed were false. 'It messes up our members' lives to be constantly called on their days off and asked to work. If they have all the crews they need, why are they still phoning people?'