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London contractor wins as UK court rules in landmark gig economy case

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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A 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 in the so-called

Britain's upheld a ruling by a lower court saying that Gary Smith, who worked for full-time for six years, was entitled to rights such as sick pay.

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.

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 16:04 IST
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