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IN a rare victory, "self-employed" [...]; INVESTIGATE.

Byline: Penman; Sommerlad

IN a rare victory, "self-employed" valeters working for Autoclenz took on their bosses and won. Sort of.

Autoclenz staff cleaned vehicles for British Car Auctions, were given BCA uniforms, and paid 5% of their wages for equipment and pounds 9 a week for insurance.

In theory, workers could bring in their own labourers and turn down work, but an employment tribunal heard that they had to ring in if they weren't coming in.

The tribunal judge ruled that the valeters were really employees.

Autoclenz appealed and the appeal judge decided the staff were "workers" - entitled to the minimum wage and holiday pay but not full employment rights such as redundancy pay.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2010
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