Cathay Pacific pilots considering industrial action will next week vote on a plan to reinstate 'contract compliance' - although the measure is unlikely to greatly disrupt Christmas travel. The proposal emerged at a meeting of the Aircrew Officers' Association on Wednesday, but union leaders tried to keep details secret. For most of the time since 1997, pilots have been under contract compliance - under which they refuse to fly on their days off. The measure was suspended in October in an unsuccessful effort to persuade Cathay to return to negotiations. According to the union, contract compliance is designed to combat pilot fatigue and demonstrate a loss of goodwill towards the company. A spokeswoman for Cathay, Lisa Wong Lai-shan, said the airline was used to contract compliance and its reinstatement would not affect the operations of the company. She queried whether pilots understood the situation facing the company during the aviation downturn. 'What's the point of being confrontational with the company?' she asked. The company expected to have 200 surplus pilots by the middle of next year, but was trying to save their jobs, she said. 'We're doing something positive and we ask staff for their help and support,' she said. The general secretary of the union, John Findlay, confirmed that contract compliance would be discussed at a meeting next Wednesday. He said it was important to note the idea came from the floor of the meeting rather than the union leadership. Contract compliance is different to the union's 'maximum safety strategy' work-to-rule campaign, begun in July and suspended in October. It is thought the pilots will not be asked to reinstate the work-to-rule campaign next week.