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Pimlico Plumbers loses employment rights case

The UK’s highest court has dealt a blow to the so-called gig economy in a landmark ruling over the employment status of a plumber. Gary Smith, who worked for Pimlico Plumbers for nearly six years from 2005, previously won a number of court rulings which determined he could claim “worker” status, even though he was described in his contract as a “self-employed operative”.
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