Labor says plan will balance business concerns with lifting Australia’s lowest-paid employees from poverty

Labor will propose a two-step process to transform the current minimum wage to a living wage if it wins the next election, with a plan to balance business concerns with lifting Australia’s lowest-paid employees from poverty.

The shadow employment minister, Brendan O’Connor, plans on ending weeks of speculation on Tuesday when he announces Labor’s plan to “make sure the minimum wage is a living wage”, with Labor gearing up for an election showdown with the government over low wage growth.

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