ILAB in Colombia
Colombia Action Plan Related to Labor Rights
The U.S. and Colombian governments have agreed to an ambitious and comprehensive Action Plan that includes major, swift and concrete steps the Colombian government will take to address outstanding labor concerns President Obama insisted be addressed before sending the U.S. - Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement to Congress. These concerns include violence against Colombian labor union members, inadequate efforts to bring perpetrators of murders of such persons to justice, and insufficient protection of workers' rights in Colombia.
In a meeting on Monday, Nov. 11 203, during the Inter-American Conference of Ministries of Labor held in Medellín, Colombia, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth Harris and Colombian Minister of Labor Rafael Pardo Rueda agreed to continue bilateral meetings on the commitments in the Colombian Action Plan Related to Labor Rights through at least 2014.
The United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement includes strong protections for workers' rights based on the May 10, 2007 bipartisan Congressional-Executive agreement to incorporate high labor standards into America's trade agreements. The Agreement includes obligations for Colombia to protect fundamental labor rights as well as to effectively enforce existing labor laws, which will enable American workers and businesses to compete on a fairer global playing field.
For more information about the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, visit the USTR Web site.
Labor Affairs Council meeting under US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement
The Labor Affairs Council of the United States - Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement convened its first meeting on June 4-5, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Participants included Seth D. Harris, Acting Secretary of Labor; Rafael Pardo, Minister of Labor of Colombia; and Carlos Urrutia, Colombian Ambassador to the United States.
The Council reaffirmed the Parties' commitments under the Labor Chapter and further clarified the domestic mechanisms, institutions, and procedures that each Party has established to advance the fulfillment of the Labor Chapter's provisions.
The Council also held in-depth discussions on several topics, including:
A public session took place the morning of June 5. The Council convened workers, employers, civil society organizations, and the general public to discuss matters relating to the implementation of the Labor Chapter.
Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA)
- Promoting Compliance with International Labor Standards in Colombia (PDF)
- Strengthening Protections of Internationally Recognized Labor Rights in Colombia (Workers' Rights Centers) (PDF)
- Enhancing Skills of Colombian Trade Unionists - Workers' Rights Initiatives 2008 [PDF] – Closed
Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor & Human Trafficking (OCFT)
- Reducing Child Labor in Colombia (PDF)
- Past Projects
- Combating Exploitive Child Labor Through Education in Colombia (PDF)
- Prevention and Elimination of Child Labor in Small-Scale Mining in Colombia [PDF]
- Combating Exploitive Child Labor Through Education in Colombia [PDF]
- CDL The Prevention and Elimination of Child Labor Domestic Labor in South America [PDF]
- Prevention and Elimination of Child Domestic Labor (CDL) and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru [PDF]
- Prevention and Reintegration of Children Involved in Armed Conflict: An inter-Regional Program (PDF)
This annual report focuses on the efforts of U.S. trade beneficiary countries and territories to eliminate the worst forms of child labor through legislation, enforcement mechanisms, policies and social programs. The report presents findings on the prevalence and sectoral distribution of the worst forms of child labor in each country, country-specific suggestions for government action (since 2010), and individual country assessments that identify where Significant, Moderate, Minimal, or No Advancement has been made (since 2011). (Learn More...)
- 2012 Colombia Report
- Previous Reports