The European Court of Human Rights has given its initial approval to a submission claiming that UK laws unfairly restrict the power of unions to take industrial action.
The decision brought an angry response from Boris Johnson, the Conservative Mayor of London, who last night condemned the intervention by the Strasbourg court as “totally unacceptable”.
Mr Johnson – who has urged David Cameron, the Prime Minister, to introduce laws making it harder for unions to call strikes – said: “The Government needs to watch this like a hawk.”
The row comes weeks after the TUC voted to consider calling a general strike over the Government’s austerity programme.
The Strasbourg case is being brought by the hard-left National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).