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Key gig economy case reaches Supreme Court

A plumber's legal battle for working rights will be closely watched by "gig economy" workers when it reaches the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Gary Smith, who worked for Pimlico Plumbers for six years, began his fight when he wanted to reduce his hours following a heart attack.
Lower courts have ruled that he is entitled to basic workers' rights, although technically self-employed.
These rights include the national minimum wage and paid holiday.
Mr Smith won his most recent victory in the Court of Appeal a year ago, but Pimlico Plumbers and its founder, Charlie Mullins, are appealing against that decision, in a hearing expected to last two days.
The case hinges on the distinction between Mr Smith's status as either a self-employed contractor, or a worker for the company.
He was VAT-registered and paying tax on a self-employed basis, but worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers.
After he suffered a heart attack in 2010, Mr Smith, from Kent, wanted to work three days a week rather than five.
Pimlico refused his request and took away his branded van, which he had hired. He claims he was dismissed.
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