Woolworths’ case on collective redundancy — BIS granted permission to appeal

Walker Morris reported on the case of USDAW v Ethel Austin Ltd (in administration) and another case, UKEAT/0547/12; 0548/12 (otherwise known as the ‘Woolworths case’), in its recent business insight. 

The case was a landmark decision on collective redundancy law holding that the words ‘at one establishment’ should be totally excised from the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA) so that once it is proposed that 20 or more employees in a single business are to be made redundant, their location is entirely irrelevant and the obligation to collectively consult with all affected employees will be triggered regardless… 

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