Woe for Woolworths Employees – Collective Redundancies and the meaning of “establishment”

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has released its judgment in the case of USDAW and another v WW Realisation 1 Ltd (in liquidation) (“Woolworths”), Ethel Austin Ltd (“Ethel Austin”) and another (C-80/14) (the "Woolworths Case”), which concerned the meaning of "establishment" in the European Collective Redundancies Directive (Directive 98/59/EC) (the “Directive”) as implemented by the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (“TULRCA”).