Victimised health worker Yunus Bakhsh has won a landmark court case that could have implications for many activists sacked for their trade union activities.
Yunus has won permission in the High Court to seek judicial review of the decision by Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Trust not to re-engage him without legitimate reason.
Yunus won a tribunal against his employers in July 2010, but they refused to take him back as ordered.
This has usually been considered legal. Bosses simply pay damages and rid themselves of a militant.
Yunus’s legal team argued that such a procedure breached the European Human Rights Act provisions about the freedom to be in a trade union.
If Yunus eventually wins this case when it goes to judicial review, it could change the face of employment law.