Sainsbury’s managing director Stuart Mitchell has been ordered to appear before an employment tribunal hearing evidence in the case of 61 former store managers.
A witness order was granted after the tribunal chairman deemed that Sainsbury’s chief witness did not have sufficient understanding of the case.
The managers are bringing a class action against the supermarket - seeking reinstatement - following their dismissal in 2002 after Sainsbury’s said they lacked the qualities suitable for being a store manager.

British children’s intake of pre-packed ready meals and takeaways is on the increase with the average child eating an average of 107 of these a year.
Parents are eating fewer of such meals, averaging 64 a year, according to a survey of 1,000 respondents for Sainsbury’s magazine.

Patricia Hewitt - secretary of state for the Department of Trade and Industry - could be moved to another senior cabinet role.
The move forms part of prime minister Tony Blair’s plan to reshuffle the DTI this summer.

National pay bargaining penalises public sector workers in the South East and has left them trailing behind colleagues in the North, according to a new government sponsored report.
The study revealed evidence of persistent shortfalls in public sector pay in southern England.

The private equity house HgCapital has emerged as a bidder for the medical assets of SSL International - the healthcare group best known for its Durex condoms and Scholl footcare products.