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REDUNDANCY CONSULTATION: Collective confusion

02 October 2015  

Sarah Ozanne examines the vexed question of when the duty to consult in collective redundancy situations arises

Due to the economic downturn, collective redundancy situations have become a regular occurrence. Combined with uncertainty in the law and the sensitivities that accompany redundancies, this has led to cases in this area becoming more prevalent and high profile. This article takes a look at the current state of the case law on whether the UK legislation is consistent with the underlying directive, in particular when the obligation to collectively consult in redundancy situations is triggered.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    C-44/08 Akavan Erityisalojen Keskusliitto AEK ry & ors v Fujitsu Siemens Computers Oy [2009] ECR I-08163

    E Ivor Hughes Education Foundation v Morris & ors [2015] UKEAT/0023/15

    UK Coal Mining Ltd v (1) National Union of Mineworkers (Northumberland Area) (2) The British Association of Colliery Management [2008] IRLR 4

    USA v Nolan [2014] EWCA Civ 71

    C-80/14 USDAW v Ethel Austin Ltd [2015] EUECJ, Fifth Chamber, 30 April 2015