U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan (LAP)
The FTA 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. In addition, President Obama insisted that a number of serious and immediate labor concerns be addressed before he would be willing to send the FTA to Congress.
These concerns included 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.
As a result, the U.S. and Colombian governments announced on April 7, 2011, an ambitious and comprehensive Action Plan that included major, swift, and concrete steps for the Colombian government to take.
The U.S. government discusses the implementation of key elements of the LAP in Section 7 (Workers’ Rights) of the annual Human Rights Report (HRR).