Press Comment: Pimlico Plumbers Supreme Court Ruling

13 June 2018 - 2:30pm
Press release
Responding to the Supreme Court judgement on the Pimlico Plumbers case, Owen Espley, labour rights campaigner at War on Want, says:
 
“New technology does not mean no rights. This is a victory for common sense and will benefit ordinary people all over the country who are denied basic rights such as holiday and sick pay. 
 
It is a stinging rebuke to the government for failing to uphold the law and forcing people to fight for their rights.
 
The government must take immediate action to ensure that every employer who’s been hiding behind the notion of the ‘Gig Economy’ to dodge their taxes and exploit their employees are held to account. 
 
Companies have tried to use the rise of new technology to turn back the clock on workers’ rights. But there is nothing modern about exploitation. This is the time old story of companies putting profit above all else. Forcing more and more people into precarious contracts and bogus self- employed status drives down conditions for everyone.”
 
Owen is available for interviews and comment on request, along with our executive director, Asad Rehman. 
 

Press Contact

 
Marienna Pope-Weidemann
Press & Communications Officer 
020 7324 5060
 

Notes to editors

 
Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44465639
 
War on Want’s Stand with Migrant Workers: End Precarious Contracts campaign seeks equal rights for migrant and precarious workers. It calls for the right to work regardless of immigration status, equal social and labour rights for all workers, and an end to precarious contracts.
 
 

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