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Baroness Lawrence addresses the TUC Congress

Baroness Lawrence addresses the TUC Congress

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Baroness Lawrence addresses the TUC Congress in Bournemouth

Baroness Lawrence addresses the TUC Congress in Bournemouth

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Baroness Lawrence was given a standing ovation at the TUC Conference

Baroness Lawrence was given a standing ovation at the TUC Conference

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Baroness Lawrence receives a standing ovation after addressing the TUC Annual Conference in Bournemouth

Baroness Lawrence receives a standing ovation after addressing the TUC Annual Conference in Bournemouth

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Baroness Lawrence addresses the TUC Congress

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has urged workers to speak up in offices, factories and during their tea breaks to tackle inequality in the workplace.

Baroness Lawrence told the TUC Congress in Bournemouth that employees should "rock the boat" to improve conditions and boost the job prospects of young people, especially those from black and ethnic backgrounds.

She highlighted the fact that more than half of 18 to 24-year-old black men are unemployed compared with a national figure of 25%.

"The inequality facing young men and women is preventing them taking part in society to the best of their ability. In some ways we seem to be going backwards," she said.

Baroness Lawrence added that there are too few "role models" in senior areas of Government.