It has been confirmed that the EAT has granted the Government permission to appeal its decision in the Woolworths case 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 (see here for more details). It is possible that the Court of Appeal will refer the case to the ECJ, to be joined with an employment tribunal reference on the same issue in Lyttle v Bluebird UK Bidco 2 Ltd.