Two major UK trade unions have condemned the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill.

The Trades Union Congress and The Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union both said the law could open the doors for unnecessary surveillance of their members.

The unions feel the Bill is "ill-conceived", and could threaten their members' legitimate activities, particularly those of trade union reps and shop stewards, according to They accuse the government of having "rushed" through ill-conceived legislation.

The government is due to issue an amended draft to the Bill today, which will go to the report stage in the House of Lords next week.