The EAT has recently ruled that employers do have a duty to consult trade union or employee representatives about the reasons for redundancies where more than 20 employees are being made redundant at one establishment. Previously, the employer’s rationale for a large scale redundancy exercise was not open to question. However, following from the EAT’s decision employers will have to consult about their reasons for the redundancies. This means giving the trade union the opportunity to challenge these reasons. UK Coal Mining Ltd v NUM