Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has pledged to end low pay in Scotland as he announced a commission to address the problem.

Mr Murphy said the commission would report later this year on how the party's vision of eradicating low wages could be achieved.

It will by led by MSPs Jackie Baillie and Neil Findlay and include representatives from Poverty Alliance Scotland, RBS, the Federation of Small Businesses, shop workers' union Usdaw and Barnardo's.

The announcement was made in advance of a Labour summit in Glasgow this week on the living wage, which will bring together trade unions, business leaders and anti-poverty groups and inform the commission's work.

Mr Murphy said: "I'm making it my mission to abolish low pay in Scotland.

"Too many Scots families are just a rainy day away from real financial trouble. More than one in four Scots get paid less than the living wage. This isn't right, and we need to fix it fast.

"Scotland can only succeed when working people succeed. We need to come together to make this happen.

"The days of people going out to work all the hours they can and still not being able to make ends meet must come to an end. So we will make sure that any firms getting public sector contracts are living wage employers."

Mr Murphy said that under his leadership, a Scottish Labour Government would set up a work commission to focus on getting people into jobs and increasing skills and wages.

He said: "The SNP Government promised to set up an event to discuss low pay, it was in their Programme for Government, but they've done nothing.

"Scottish Labour believe there's been enough delay, the time for action is now."

Eddie Follan, Barnardo's public affairs officer, said he was pleased to take part in the commission.

He said: "At Barnardo's we see every day the impact of poverty on vulnerable children and families, tackling in work poverty has a vital role to play in protecting those families.

"As the former co-ordinator of the living wage campaign in Scotland, I've seen the issue of a living wage for all go up the political agenda, that is welcomed, but we now need to take the next steps to make sure this becomes reality."