Dragonair is to hold emergency talks with its pilots today in an effort to avert a threatened work-to-rule by cockpit crew in the run-up to the Lunar New Year holidays. Airline managers contacted the Dragonair Pilots Association and convened the talks after learning of their intention to take limited industrial action in a long-running dispute over the lack of an agreement on working rosters. Nearly 100 pilots voted unanimously in person and by proxy in favour of the action at an extraordinary general meeting of the association a fortnight ago. They voted to launch a policy of contract compliance, refusing to work beyond the terms of their contract on February 1 unless the airline's management commits itself to 'meaningful discussions' over a rostering agreement. The action would have an impact on flights in the run-up to the Lunar New Year, particularly flights in and out of the mainland. Dragonair knew nothing of the work-to-rule threat until the South China Morning Post contacted the airline two days after the association meeting. The airline then contacted the association and set up today's meeting. A spokesman for the association described the development as 'encouraging' and said: 'It is the first step in probably a long process.'