British Airways was facing the threat of a fresh wave of strikes by its cabin crew last night after they voted heavily in favour of more walkouts in their bitter dispute with the airline.
Unite said its members voted by 5,751 to 1,579 to take further industrial action following 22 days of strikes last year which cost the |airline more than £150m.
The union pulled back from naming strike dates and will |have to give seven days' notice of any action.
Unite's new leader, Len McCluskey, said: “For the fourth time in 13 months British Airways cabin crew have voted overwhelmingly in support of their union and expressed their dissatisfaction with management behaviour. Indeed, the turnout and the majority on this occasion are much greater than in the last ballot.
“Surely BA management must now wake up and listen to the voice of their skilled and dedicated employees. This dispute will be resolved by negotiation, not litigation or confrontation, and it is to negotiation that BA management should now apply itself.”