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Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

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A plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling expected to have huge ramifications for freelance workers.Gary Smith had worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers for six years.Despite being VAT-registered and paying self-employed tax, he was entitled to workers' rights, the court ruled. The ruling will be closely read by others with similar disputes, many of whom work for firms in the so-called gig economy.An employment tribunal was "entitled to conclude" that Mr Smith was a worker, the court ruled.As a worker Mr Smith would be entitled to employment rights, such as holiday and sick pay.The Supreme Court ruling means that an employment tribunal can now proceed to examine his action against Pimlico Plumbers...