In this case, the employment tribunal awarded 24,000 Woolworths employees 60 days' pay for the company's failure to consult collectively on their redundancies. However, around 3,000 staff who worked in Woolworths stores that had fewer than 20 employees missed out on protective awards, a result that is likely to be appealed.
The law on European Works Councils (EWCs), including which undertakings are covered and what happens if a European Works Council is requested.
The employer in this case fell into the classic trap of burying its head in the sand and failing to consult collectively with employees over the realistic possibility that its business might close and its workforce be made redundant.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to collective employee relations.