By Marcus Leach

British Airways cabin crew, who are members of Unite the union, have voted to back strike action at the airline.

Of the just under 10,000 crew polled, some 83 per cent of the 6,981 who returned valid voting papers voted yes to strike action.

Unite said this vote - the fourth official ballot in two years - reflects the continued resilience among the crew who were being balloted on a range of anti-union management measures including sanctions applied to some 6,700 crew who took lawful strike action last year.

Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said: "This vote shows that cabin crew remain determined to win justice. We urge BA's boardroom to see this as a clear message that they must think again about how to regain the trust and confidence of a significant part of their cabin crew operation.

"We continue to be in discussions with the company to find a solution to this long-running dispute."

The number of ballot papers returned was 6,985 but with four of those invalid, the total valid vote was 6,981.