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U.S. Embassy Statement on Colombian Labor Reform discussion
December 13, 2023

The United States supports Colombia’s efforts to address its international labor commitments, including recommendations made by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), through the discussions of a labor reform.  The Biden-Harris administration shares the view that workers must have a collective voice and power to influence the rules that govern their workplaces.

We are encouraged that Colombia is seeking to directly address OECD recommendations to reduce labor informality, eliminate abusive subcontracting, prohibit the misuse of collective pacts, and strengthen collective bargaining rights. We agree that free, independent, and democratic trade unions are a necessary means to this end and that strong unions are essential to democracy.

Strong adherence to international labor standards set by the International Labor Organization helps workers around the world to be able to prosper from economic growth and contribute to vibrant democracies.

The advancement of a consensus labor reform will ensure that Colombia’s workforce will be competitive in the global marketplace.