The Court of Appeal has decided to refer to the European Court of Justice the case ofUSDAW v Woolworths on the trigger for collective redundancy consultation obligations for multi-site employers.  An expedited hearing will be sought. 

The original EAT ruling, that the obligation to inform and consult for collective redundancies applies whenever an employer proposes 20 or more redundancies in aggregate even if this is spread across a number of separate workplaces or business units, is summarised here.