Court rules in land­mark gig econ­omy case

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A Lon­don plumber who claimed he was un­fairly dis­missed af­ter years of work­ing as a con­trac­tor has won a court rul­ing giv­ing him em­ploy­ment rights, in a case seen as a key test of la­bor rules in the so-called gig econ­omy. Bri­tain’s Supreme Court up­held a rul­ing by a lower court say­ing that Gary Smith, who worked for Pim­lico Plumbers full-time for six years, was en­ti­tled to rights such as sick pay. Gary Smith sought to re­duce his hours fol­low­ing a heart at­tack, while the com­pany ar­gued he wasn’t en­ti­tled to such pro­tec­tion be­cause he was a self-em­ployed con­trac­tor. The case has sig­nif­i­cant im­pli­ca­tions for the es­ti­mated 100,000 in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors in Bri­tain’s gig econ­omy, where peo­ple work job-to-job with lit­tle se­cu­rity and few em­ploy­ment rights.

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