British Airways cabin crew have voted overwhelmingly for strike action.

Unite, the union representing BA cabin crew said 83% of the 6,981 who returned valid voting papers voted in favour of taking industrial action.

“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,” Len McCluskey, Unite’s general secretary said in a statement. “We continue to be in discussions with the company to find a solution to this long-running dispute.”

Unite’s beef with BA began two years ago when BA announced it was cutting crew pay and reducing staff numbers.

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A spokesman for the airline, which was subject to prolonged strike action last year, responded saying: “This is a time for co-operation, not confrontation. “We began talks with Unite earlier this month, and those talks are continuing.”

“We hope they will bring an end to this dispute, which is what the overwhelming majority of our cabin crew want.”

Unite now have 28 days to announce strike dates, Sky news reports, but many speculate that the industrial action will hit the Royal Wedding on April 29.