It ought to be possible to replace Australia's minimum wage with a higher "living wage" without putting people our of work, but more will be needed.
The legal minimum wage is vital for regulating low pay and preventing exploitation. But it is insufficient on its own to reduce poverty for working people.
Granting low-wage workers a "living wage" instead of a minimum wage is far from costless, and there are much better ways of helping people genuinely in need.
As debate begins over what living wages mean for Australian workers, it is a good time to consider a global living wage.
The living wage – a renamed and more generous minimum wage - would directly benefit about one in ten workers – some 1.2 million people, Labor says.
Go beyond the corporate jargon to really understand the freedom and challenges that come with being a digital nomad.
An evidence-based measure of minimum income has been widely adopted – and could now change the rules around legal aid.
Adding 20 cents to the price of a T-shirt in Australia would be enough to lift all Indian workers in the garment supply chain out of poverty.
The ACTU has proposed Australia adopt a "living wage". This might improve the incomes of some people, but it wouldn't solve "working poverty".
Around the world, McDonald’s is known for its staunch and well-resourced attempt to remain 'union free'.
Once investors put their shoulders to the wheel, everything changes.
It was Winston Churchill who led the charge for the UK's first living wage. But you'd never have guessed the Conservative Party would adopt the policy with such gusto in the 21st century.
Crucially, they differ in how they are calculated and the ages of workers that they apply to.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claims they do. Two academics assessed the facts.
The wealth bonanza enjoyed by top flight football clubs does not trickle down to many of their employees.
The idea of a minimum wage has become widely accepted so why is a maximum wage so controversial?
Cities don't have much control over national policies – but that doesn't mean there's nothing they can do.
Low-income families will actually end up worse off, if Osborne's cuts to welfare continue.
While it's true that many big businesses are reliant on cheap labour, the new national living wage is unlikely to hurt their profits too badly.
The chorus chanting 'America needs a raise!' will undoubtedly grow as Labor Day approaches. They're not wrong, but America needs more than that.