UK Coal Mining Ltd v (1) National Union of Mineworkers (2) British Association of Colliery Management - Consultation over redundancies extends to the reasons for the closure causing them [2007] EAT

When Ellington Colliery was closed at short notice and the miners made redundant, the NUM challenged the lack of consultation. TULR(C)A 1992 s 188 sets out the requirements. The tribunal held that UK coal was in breach of the requirements - it failed to consult and did not demonstrate "special reasons" that might justify this. The fact that it lied about the real reasons for closure, claiming they were safety when in fact they were economic, made things worse. It awarded the maximum protective award. UK Coal appealed.

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