Supreme Court rules plumber in gig economy entitled to worker rights


LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a plumber hired on a self-employed basis was entitled to workers’ rights, in a case that could increase pressure on firms in the gig economy to change their business models.

FILE PHOTO: A worker walks past a Pimlico Plumbers van in London, Britain February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo

Britain’s top judges were hearing the case of Gary Smith who worked for Pimlico Plumbers between 2005 and 2011 and first took his case to an employment tribunal nearly seven years ago.

A judge at the tribunal said the firm…



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