HONG KONG (AP) _ The pilots union of Cathay Pacific Airways said Friday it plans to boost its membership fees by fivefold to provide support to pilots fired during a labor dispute of more than two months.

The announcement reflected a lack of progress toward resolving the dispute.

The Hong Kong Aircrew Officers' Association, which represents about 1,300 of Cathay's 1,500 pilots, said the money would be used to help with basic living expenses for pilots ``unfairly sacked as a result of the labor dispute,'' union leader John Findlay said.

Since the pilots union began a work slowdown over pay and rostering practices on July 3, Cathay has dismissed 52 members.

Findlay said pilots would vote on the proposal to raise fees at a Sept. 26 annual meeting.

Cathay declined comment. ``The company is not involved,'' said spokeswoman Lisa Wong.

The dispute has cost the company at least $45 million and disrupted travel for tens of thousands of passengers.