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LABOUR would introduce lessons about employment and social rights in schools, Richard Burgon revealed today.
Addressing Young Labour’s Youth Day conference event, the shadow justice secretary vowed that a Jeremy Corbyn-led government would introduce a national campaign of public education to teach people about their rights.
He said: “Imagine what could be achieved if, rather than the state using its resources to create “go home” vans for immigrants, it could educate people about their hard-won rights.
“Imagine if effort went into making people aware of their rights to maternity pay, holiday pay, employment rights, law advice or your rights if you are stop-and-searched.”
Mr Burgon pointed out that ordinary people in Britain are too often treated like “the enemy within,” comparing the recent treatment of Windrush migrants to the demonisation of mining communities in the 1984-85 strike.
He said that Labour will strive to create “a culture of empowerment for working-class people” that includes education in schools about legal and social rights, as well as people’s domestic and workplace rights.
“Educating people is, in itself, empowering and revolutionary,” he said.
“Far from being the passive subjects in society, working-class people are the engine of our society.”
He added: “We want the state to be used in favour of the working-class majority in society — otherwise known as the 99 per cent.”
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