Recent research shows a living wage creates healthier employees, less pressure on government subsidies and a skilled workforce.
Promised increases from both sides are a striking new feature of UK politics and could be transformative for many.
Zero-hours contracts exploit workers and need to be banned.
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.
Tips help, but government policy should focus on progression and skills first.
The UK desperately needs a more robust system to lift standards in low paid sectors and protect workers.
And it doesn't involve immigrant bashing. Quite the opposite.
Research shows early childhood educators are among the lowest-paid Australians, with some finding better pay in other fields such as night-time retail work.
Crucially, they differ in how they are calculated and the ages of workers that they apply to.
The wealth bonanza enjoyed by top flight football clubs does not trickle down to many of their employees.
Despite performing the same job, one of BA's three cabin crew fleets earns far less than their colleagues.