Banning such practices, legally speaking, sits in the grey area between what has been devolved to the Scottish government and what is under the jurisdiction of Westminster. It is likely that a Scottish ban will be overturned by the Westminster government, effectively also removing the moratorium, and making way for fracking in Scotland.
Greater flexibility in labour recruitment allows investors and business owners to make more money by paying workers less. It doesn’t take an economist then to see that this isn’t good for people who have to work for a living.
As is the case with most things of a distinctly neoliberal flavour offered to workers the sales pitch is always better than the bargain. The advent of zero hours has indeed resulted in higher productivity.
It is true that globally there has been an increase of women in industry and in all other parts of the market economy. On the surface this change in labour demographics is to be applauded, but women were never offered the same conditions as their male predecessors.