Business Secretary Vince Cable
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Vince Cable: Exclusivity clauses 'abuse' zero-hours contracts

Preventing staff on zero-hours contracts from seeking extra work elsewhere constitutes an "abuse", Vince Cable has said.

His comments come as employers are to be banned from tying zero-hours contract workers to an exclusivity clause, a move which the Business Department hopes will benefit an estimated 125,000 people.

The business secretary added that the government would not be looking to place an outright ban on zero-hours contracts - under which employees' hours are not guaranteed - as they offer a "perfectly sensible arrangement" to many people wanting to work flexibly.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 25 June.

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