Plumber wins workers’ rights battle

Pimlico Plumbers has lost a legal battle in the Supreme Court over workers’ rights. The company was told that Gary Smith, a plumber who had been with the company for six years, was entitled to benefits such as holiday and sick pay, despite having been VAT-registered and paying self-employment taxes. The ruling means that an employment tribunal can now examine Mr Smith’s action against Pimlico as a worker, including a claim that he was unfairly dismissed. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said the case had exposed “how widely sham self-employment has spread”, and called on the government to crack down on the practice.

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Posted 14/06/2018